You can find various styles of beef sandwiches, beef on a stick, or beef pockets like empanadas throughout the world. The sloppy joe sandwich is uniquely American, though, and something that many people will relate to their childhoods. Most people grew up making sloppy joe sandwiches using sauce from a can, but it is possible to make it from scratch with fresh ingredients. We found that making homemade sloppy joes was not only easy, but the taste was better than what you can get from a pre-made sauce. You also have the option to make a different twist on the dish as well, perhaps making it a little spicy, but we chose to go with a traditional approach.
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 1/2 Medium White Onion – diced
- 2 cloves Garlic – minced
- 1 Red Pepper – diced
- 3/4 cup Ketchup
- 1 dash Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 cups Water
Place the ground beef and onion into a large skillet and heat over medium-high heat, breaking the ground beef up as it cooks, until the meat is browned and the onion is soft, about 10 minutes. Add the garlic and pepper and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of hot water and stir, being sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet to incorporate all of beef bits into the sauce. Add the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Add another cup of hot water, bring to a simmer, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook until the sauce is thick and the liquid has been reduced, about 40 minutes. Serve on buns.
2 thoughts on “Homemade Sloppy Joes”
Hmmm. Looks a bit like my recipe. Time to make sloppy Joe’s again. It’s been a while.
It is hard to get to creative with sloppy joes – I bet a lot of us have very similar recipes 🙂