One bite of this Old-Fashioned Sloppy Joes recipe will instantly take you back to the meaty, messy, Sloppy Joe sandwich of your childhood. Sweet, tangy and loaded with flavor, this version of the classic American comfort food is also surprisingly healthy, and comes together in about 30 minutes.
Course: Main Course
Author: The Carefree Kitchen
2TablespoonsAvocado Oilcan substitute any other cooking oil
½medOniondiced; yellow or white onion
1largeCarrotshredded or diced
1medRed Bell Pepperdiced; can also use any color you have on hand
½medYellow Bell Pepperdiced; can also use any color you have on hand
1lbGround Beef7-15% fat
1pinchRed Pepper Flakesoptional
2Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
2TablespoonsLight Brown Sugar
2TablespoonsBarbeque Sauceuse your favorite kind, or can substitute ketchup
In a non-stick saute pan on medium-high heat, add avocado oil (or any other cooking oil).
Once the oil is hot, add the onions and carrots and saute until the onions are translucent and the carrots are becoming tender, about 6-8 minutes. Stir frequently.
Add the bell peppers and garlic and saute until they are tender, or about 4-5 more minutes.
Add the ground beef to the pan, and use a spoon or spatula to break up the hamburger meat, and add your salt, pepper and crushed red peppers (if using). If it seems too dry in your pan, you can add a few tablespoons of water.
Continue cooking until the beef is almost fully cooked, about 8-10 more minutes. There should still be a little pink.
Add the tomato paste, Worcestershire Sauce, brown sugar and barbeque sauce (or ketchup). Continue to stir until the sauce is completely mixed in and the beef has finished cooking, about 3-5 more minutes. There should be no pink left in your beef once it is done.
Serve on a mini slider or pretzel bun with a slice of cheddar or pepperjack cheese and a pickle, and enjoy!
TIP WHEN COOKING FOR KIDS
Saute your veggies slightly longer than you normally would so that they are almost mushy. It will be easier to hide them this way!