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Sloppy Joe’s

Serves 4


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 tspn brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 tspn hot pepper sauce
  • Hamburger buns
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Sloppy Joe’s

1.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
2.  Add onion and ½ teaspoon salt and stir until coated with oil.
3.  Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook stirring occasionally; until onion is soft, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to burn after 5 minutes, reduce heat to low).
4.  Add garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until pink—about 3 minutes.
2. Add ¼ teaspoon pepper, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot pepper sauce. Simmer until mixture is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes.
3.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Spoon meat mixture on hamburger buns and serve.

Sloppy Joe’s

Submitted by Aunt Christy recommended this recipe! at Cook's Illustrated

Make big joe’s or get mini-buns and do small sloppy sliders!

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