Sloppy Joes

Yes, you can buy a packet of sloppy joe mix at the store and use that. But have you read those ingredients? If you’re trying to cut back on Sloppy joesprocessed packaged food (all those preservatives, yuk), here’s a quick recipe. You can mix the dry spices together ahead of time and even store them in little zip top bags to keep on hand for convenience. It’s better, I promise. Watch it on YouTube.

Sloppy Joes
Recipe type: Main dish, meat
Cuisine: American
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Serves: Serves 4
A quick meal that everyone enjoys. Make the spice mix up ahead and keep on hand for fast meal prep. Can be multiplied up easily to feed a crowd and makes great sliders or 'mini joes' for a party
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1teaspoon onion powder
  • 1teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon Turkish red pepper OR ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ⅛ teaspoon paprika
  • (Cayenne pepper may be increased or decreased according to your preference.)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon clear gel or corn starch
  • 1 small can (6 oz) tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • Burger buns, or mini ciabatta for mini joes
  1. Brown 1 pound ground beef in a skillet. Drain fat of meat, if needed.
  2. After meat has browned, add all the spices, 1 can tomato paste and ½ to 1 cup water.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring frquently.
  4. Then lower heat, cover skillet and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Check periodically to make sure mixture is not sticking.
  6. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. A squirt of ketchup or a few dashes Worcestershire work if you need to boost the flavor a little.
  7. Serve on hamburger buns or mini ciabatta buns.
  8. Recipe can be multiplied easily to feed a crowd.


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