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Sloppy Joes


Serves eight.

  • by from The Food You Crave

These Sloppy Joes are everything you could wish for in this crowd-pleasing sandwich—a rich, meaty filling smothered in tangy-sweet, thick tomato sauce that just refuses to stay inside the bun. You definitely need a fork and a few napkins to eat this mouthwatering meal!

  • 1 lb. lean or extra-lean (90% lean or higher) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 tsp.)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • One 15.5-oz. can small red or pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1-1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. unsulfured molasses
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 whole-wheat burger buns

Brown the meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeño, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the buns, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Place a 1/2-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

This recipe is outstanding as written. And the leftovers are great. I use brioche buns which are great.

This recipe is outstanding as written. And the leftovers are great. I use brioche buns which are great.

This is my go-to sloppy joe recipe - have made it many times - it is anything but bland. If you follow the recipe, you will be pleased. The beans are a nice touch!

Best sloppy Joe I ever had. I skip the pinto beans. One reviewer called it bland... I like things pretty flavorful, myself, so go a bit heavy on the jalapeños and seasonings and Use 80% lean beef without draining any of the yummy fat. The red peppers are awesome in it. Not to mention, it's a great way to get red peppers into picky little eaters. I recommend a quality white bun buttered and toasted to add a bit of texture. Make extra... it's even better reheated, and makes an easy weeknight leftover meal.

Great for a weeknight dinner, and better than Manwich. I didn't have a jalapeno, so I substituted Tabasco sauce. I also did not need the tomato paste. I used 1.25 lb of meat and omitted the beans. I don't think they belong in sloppy joes, but if I was trying to stretch the meat I would definitely include them.

I found this to be very bland with very little personality. I added hot sauce and honey to it just to give it some depth. Won't bother with this again.

I made this for dinner tonight with 93% lean grass fed ground beef and didn't drain it, I used about half the beans, twice the worcestershire (I think, didn't really measure all that stuff) and I added chili powder and paprika and jarred jalapeno and garlic to save the smelly fingers and handling the pepper - I also cooked it longer to really get the flavors going and thicken it more - It was very tasty and I will absolutely make it again - Maybe with all the beans next time if hubby will go for it ;) Sure, I could buy a can of Manwich (on sale for $1 this week too) - but it's nowhere near as good (we find it bland) and I know exactly what's in mine :) Come on people, don't rate/review a recipe if you haven't made it!

Pinto beans in a Sloppy Joe........eeeeeeeeewwwwwww!

Manwich is crappy! Make this and it's way more healthier!

Excellent recipe!

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