Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sloppy Joes

Another great recipe!  I tried another sloppy joes recipe a few weeks ago and it just wasn't quite right. This one is perfect.  I found it here.


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter 
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced 
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced 
  • 1 green capsicum, finely diced 
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided, plus more to taste 
  • ~800 g ground beef chuck 
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder 
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika 
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste 
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste 
  • 1 (400 g) can crushed tomatoes 
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine 
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar 
  • 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar

6 buns, sliced
mayonnaise (not the salad dressing stuff)
yellow mustard
bread and butter pickles

What you do:
  1. In a large skillet ( bigger if you are doubling the recipe) over medium-high heat, melt the butter.  Add the onion and capsicum and sauté until it begins to brown, about 4-5 minutes.  Add the garlic and sauté for another minute.  Set aside.
  2. Add the beef and cook until brown, breaking up any large clumps, about 5-7 minutes. Add the veggies back in.
  3. Add the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, remaining salt and black pepper and cook, stirring every few moments, for 2 minutes.  
  4. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring for another minute.  Add the crushed tomatoes, wine, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and boil, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened, about 6-8 minutes.  Stir in the vinegar and season to taste with additional salt and black pepper if needed.

To serve
Slather a bit of mayonnaise on each bun half.  Spoon some of the meat sauce on the bottom of each of the buns, top with a few onion slices, some bread and butter pickles, and a drizzle of yellow mustard.  Add the top half of the bun.  Smoosh together and take a big bite.  Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Looks good!! You should try the "Almost Meatless Sloppy Joes" recipe on too -- it's one of my favorite SJ recipes!! I can't wait to make those oatmeal cream pies! Yeah!!