Recipe video above. Everybody loves Sloppy Joes - and they're easy to make from scratch! I like making it with crushed tomato and less ketchup, and skipping the flavoured canned tomato sauces. Ideal freezer food, and to scale up to make for gatherings. SWEETNESS: Sloppy Joes are typically quite sweet, this is less sweet than most. But if you want it with just a bit of sweetness, skip the brown sugar and add it in gradually towards the end, adjusting to taste.
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Servings: 5-6 people
2garlic cloves, minced
1onion, finely chopped
1green capsicum/bell pepper, diced
500g/1lb ground beef(mince) (Note 1)
1tbspDijon mustardOR 1 tsp dry mustard
400g/14oz crushed tomato, canned
1beef bouillon cube, crumbled (Note 2)
5 to 6soft rolls(Note 3)
Other fixing options - see Note 4
Melt butter in a large pot over high heat.
Ad garlic and onion, cook for 2 minutes until onion is almost translucent.
Add capsicum and cook for 2 minutes until softened.
Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until it changes from red to brown.
Add remaining ingredients. Mix well, then turn heat down to medium low (or low for strong stoves).
Cover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice to make sure it doesn't catch on the base. (If in rush, cook 15 minutes without lid)
Remove lid and give it a good stir for a minute. Mixture should be thick, not runny and saucy (see video). Adjust salt to taste.
Toast rolls. Butter if desired (I don't).
Pile on lots of filling, immediately top with cheese (heat should semi melt, otherwise pop under broiler/grill). Top with lid and serve immediately!
1. Meat - Also terrific made with pork! If using chicken or turkey, switch the bouillon cube for chicken and use 1 tsp extra Worcestershire Sauce.2. Beef bouillon cube - or 1.5 tsp beef stock powder. If you don't have either, chicken will also do. Worst case - use salt (add to taste at the end)3. Rolls - my favourite is brioche buns and soft small hamburger buns. Any rolls or bread is fine here.4. Other Fixing Options: pickles (dill pickle, onion, anything of choice!), jalapeño or chillies (fresh or canned), hot sauce (if you like a kick!). For crunch, try corn chips/fritos or Slaw (see note below).On the side - crisps are a favourite in the States which is ideal for gatherings. For a meal option, try this Everyday Cabbage Salad (my non-mayo Slaw), doubles as side OR stuffing in the Sloppy Joes. A classic mayo-based Coleslaw is also an option, but I think the Sloppy Joe Sauce works better with the fresher no-mayonnaise Slaw.5. Slow Cooker Option: Cook for 6 hours on LOW for amazingly ultra tender meat! Give it a good stir at the end to evaporate excess liquid.6. Storing: Filling will keep 4 to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container, or up to 3 months in the freezer (cool then freeze). Defrost then reheat using method of choice (I microwave). Best not to keep rolls with filling on it - goes sloppy (oh... the name... 💡)7. Nutrition - assuming soft white rolls used, not brioche.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 407Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Vitamin A 1160IU23%
Vitamin C 42.3mg51%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.