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 !
- 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
- Heat oil in a large iron skillet or heavy skillet with straight sides.
- Add the bell peppers, celery, onion and garlic. Saute until tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the ground beef to the vegetables.
- Stir and cook about 8 minutes, until the meat is no longer pink and fully cooked.
- Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, and hot sauce into the skillet.
- Stir until mixed well.
- Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger bun with extra sauce.