Sloppy Joes are a good, hearty dinner for fall and winter and if you make a big batch they also make great leftovers. My problem? I don’t really like sloppy. I’m also not a big fan of recipes that use a lot of ketchup or barbecue sauce because of the amount of sugar in them. If I want sugar, I’ll eat dessert. So I came up with this recipe that that uses some different ingredients to get sloppy joes that not so sweet or messy.
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground pork
1 small vidalia onion (or 1/2 of a large one)
1 sweet red pepper
1 jalapeno pepper
3-4 cloves garlic
1 8oz can tomato sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp hot sauce (I use Frank’s Original Red Hot Sauce)
Cajun seasoning (I use Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning)
1 tbsp cooking oil
(This will make enough for 6 sandwiches)
Dice the onion, red pepper, and jalapeno. Mince the garlic or use the pre-minced stuff, which I used to used to look down on but now love and always keep in my fridge.
Brown the meat over medium heat, breaking up any larger pieces as it cooks. Season with pepper, cajun seasoning, chili powder and flakes.
Once the meat is mostly cooked (about 10 minutes) add the pepper, onion, jalapeno, and garlic. Mix through and allow the veggies to soften.
Once the onions have become translucent, add the sauce ingredients to the meat – tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and hot sauce.
Mix everything together, turn the heat down to low and simmer. Taste as you go, add more seasoning if necessary.
While the sauce is simmering, start prepping the buns. I like to use nice ciabatta buns as opposed to hamburger buns. They have a crispy outside and the inside has holes that the sauce can sink into. Lightly butter the buns, or brush with oil, then sprinkle some shredded cheese on each half. Put under a broiler for about 5 minutes.
Once the buns are ready and the sauce is hot, assemble the sloppy joes. I like mine open-faced (less sloppy that way).
But they’re also good closed, if that’s how you like ’em.
- ½ pound lean ground beef
- ½ pound lean ground pork
- 1 small vidalia onion (or ½ of a large one)
- 1 red pepper
- 1 jalapeno pepper
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 8oz can tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp hot sauce
- Cajun seasoning
- Chili powder
- Chili flakes
- 1 tbsp cooking oil
- Shredded cheese
- Chop the onion and pepper, finely dice the jalapeno, and mince the garlic
- Brown the ground meat in a pan over medium heat. Season with pepper, Cajun seasoning, and chili powder/flakes
- Once the meat is no longer pink, add the veggies and garlic and cook until softened (about 10 minutes)
- Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and hot sauce. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer
- Taste and add more seasonings if needed
- Set oven to broil
- Cut buns in half and lightly butter or brush with oil
- Add some shredded cheese to each half
- Broil for about 5 minutes until cheese is bubbling and the edges of the buns are toasty
- Remove from oven and spoon the meat onto the buns