From Googling, a cook named Joe in a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa added a tomato sauce to a loose meat sandwich. It must have been a favourite and took off because it became known as a sloppy joe, a classic comfort food on many tables in America.
Anyway, homemade sloppy joes are incredibly easy to make, and come together in one skillet in about 20 minutes or so. Browned beef is mixed with onion and green pepper and simmered in a sweetened tomato/ketchup sauce.
So, why not feel like a kid again and serve up a Sloppy Joe for dinner tonight? Just don't forget the napkins!
- Butter, softened: 1 tablespoon
- Onion, minced: 1/2
- Garlic, minced: 3 cloves⠀
- Green pepper, minced: 1/2⠀
- Ground beef: 500 grams
- Ketchup (Heinz recommended): 1 1/2 cup⠀
- Water: 1/4 cup⠀
- Chilli powder (optional): 1/2 teaspoon⠀
- Red pepper flakes (optional): 1/4 teaspoon⠀
- Salt and pepper: To taste ⠀
- Hamburger / brioche buns, buttered and toasted: 4
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Saute garlic, onion and green pepper until aromatic and tender.
- Add ground beef and brown, making sure to crumble the beef up while cooking.⠀⠀
- Add remaining ingredients to skillet and stir well to combine. Reduce heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 10 - 15 mins until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve on hamburger/brioche buns. ⠀
- Make sure not to cook down the sauce too much, sometimes the sloppy joes can get dry, you’re looking for a consistency where you can see the individual bits of meat, but not dry enough where they don’t cling to each other in sauce.
- I personally add a slice of American or cheddar cheese to my bun just to make my sloppy joe a little more awesome.