Why buy a can of Sloppy Joe mix when you can make it, simply and even more tasty? With all fresh ingredients, this dish can be prepared ahead, divided and frozen for the future. I always make a large batch, save enough for the next day’s meal (this recipe is even more flavorful the next day) and freeze the rest for the future! Here is what you need to make it and how to prepare it….
1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, finely chopped
6 mushrooms, finely chopped
1 bell pepper, finely chopped
1 cup of ketchup
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp paprika
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 Tbsp Tabasco sauce
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp garlic pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
4 hamburger buns of your choice, lightly buttered on the inside (Onion buns are my favorite)
- Prepare the onion, mushrooms and bell pepper. (I have a mini food processor that I use to assist me) Then, set the bowl of veggies aside to be added to the skillet later.
- Measure out the next twelve ingredients, combining them all in either a small bowl or measuring cup.
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet; drain the excess liquids, if necessary.
- Add in the vegetables and seasonings and bring it all to a boil.
- Turn the heat down to simmer. Simmer for about 30 to 45 minutes.
- Taste and season as needed.
- Toast the buttered buns in a toaster oven or on a hot griddle.
- Ladle the Sloppy Joe mixture over the toasted buns for either an open or closed sandwich.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Melt a slice of extra sharp cheddar cheese over the mixture for an even yummier twist!