Simple Sloppy Joe Thursday

Midweek meals always seem to be a challenge. Growing up, Thursday dinners usually were sandwich nights, tuna salad reigned supreme. It was easy to make, fed a crowd, and it didn’t matter what time the crew sat down to eat.

My favorite sandwich, however, was the Sloppy Joe. And though, the folks at Hunt’s have made a mint off of  Manwich Sauce, I still like the original homemade variety better. Plus, now I use my own organic ingredients and they’re just that much better and healthy too! Serve ’em up with the kid-favorite  ‘tater tots’ and you’ve got dinner! All in less than an hour.  Win Win !

Sloppy Joes
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Easy Mid-week Family Pleaser
Recipe type: Main Course
Serves: 4
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Organic green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 Organic red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk Organic celery, diced
  • 1 small yellow Organic onion, diced finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced finely
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds lean Organic ground beef
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce (bottled or homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (original Tabasco)(optional)
  • 4 warmed burger buns
  1. Heat oil in a large iron skillet or heavy skillet with straight sides.
  2. Add the bell peppers, celery, onion and garlic. Saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the ground beef to the vegetables.
  4. Stir and cook about 8 minutes, until the meat is no longer pink and fully cooked.
  5. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, and hot sauce into the skillet.
  6. Stir until mixed well.
  7. Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  8. Serve on hamburger bun with extra sauce.
Dicing the peppers, onions and celery will ‘hide’ the veggies from picky eaters. If you prefer, chop them to your own preferred size and add some crunch to your sandwich. I choose organic meats and veggies. Its a personal choice, I recommend these ingredients highly. This recipe is easily doubled or tripled depending on your needs. Little kids love little sandwiches. Use slider buns for the little ones.
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