Lately it seems like the only meat that goes on (decent) sale is ground beef, which isn’t something I like to buy or cook often. Ground beef just bores me. Burgers and spaghetti – that’s all I make with it. I’ve been trying to branch out and these sloppy joes ended up being a terrific way to use a pound of beef.
I cannot tell you the last time I had sloppy joe mix from a can so I sadly cannot compare this recipe to that but I can tell you that this is very good. It’s sweet but not too sweet, it’s a little spicy, and it’s messy just like a good sloppy joe should be. When I first found the recipe, I thought the amount of tomato products would be overwhelming but by the end it hardly tasted like a tomato sauce.
If you’re looking to sneak extra veggies into your diet, dice up some carrots, bell pepper, or mushrooms and saute them with the onions.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ½ medium onion (chopped finely)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
For the tomato sauce:
- 1 15- ounce can tomato sauce
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup dark brown sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey mustard
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- In a large skillet, heat the oil to medium-high. Add onion and salt, lower heat to medium, and sautÃ© until the onion is soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and chili powder, and cook for about 30 seconds.
- Add beef, and cook for about 3 minutes, breaking it up as you stir. (The meat will still be a little pink when you move on. Donâ€™t worry. It will keep cooking as it simmers in the tomato sauce.)
- In the meantime, grab a medium bowl, and combine the tomato sauce, water, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, honey mustard and red pepper flakes.
- Add the tomato mixture to the beef. Stir in the tomato paste. Simmer for at least 10 minutes, or until the mixture reaches your desired consistency.