Sloppy Joes aren’t really on the top of our food list but this recipe is different! We adapted the original recipe by the Pioneer Woman to remove the chili powder which is a deterrent for my family and also some of the other ingredients that made the dish way too spicy for us. We also cut down on the brown sugar but if you like a sweeter sloppy joe, the original recipe calls for 2 tablespoons of brown sugar. I highly recommend these sloppy joes be served with my olive oil rolls!
Serves: 4 hungry adults or lots of leftovers for 2 hungry adults
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2-1/2 pounds ground lamb or ground beef
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 green or red bell pepper or ½ of each, diced
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1-1/2 cups ketchup
- 1 cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar (we use about 1 tablespoon in ours)
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder
- 1 tablespoon pre-prepared BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- Sea salt (to taste)
- Ground pepper (to taste)
- 1 tablespoon butter for grilling the hamburger buns
- Hamburger buns or olive oil rolls (see the link below for my olive oil rolls recipe)
- Fast-melting cheddar cheese slices and sweet pickles (optional)
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter and brown the hamburger stirring it often. Once the hamburger is finished cooking, drain most of the oil.
- Add the onion to the hamburger and sauté it over medium heat until it is translucent. Add the green and or red bell pepper and garlic powder to the hamburger mixture and sauté the bell pepper until it is slightly softened.
- Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, dry mustard powder, tomato paste, BBQ sauce, sea salt to taste, and ground pepper to taste. Simmer the sloppy joe mixture over medium heat until the liquid is reduced about 15 minutes.
- If desired, grill your hamburger buns on a skillet with some extra butter.
Enjoy with fruit such as apple slices or a green salad.
Source: Adapted from Pioneer Woman https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/sloppy-joes/