Have you ever watched Throwdown with Bobby Flay on Food Network? I watched it the other day and he made the yummiest looking sloppy joes! He called it “Neat Joes.” I looked up his recipe and there was soooo many ingredients! I don’t know about you but I do not like to buy 20 new ingredients just to make one recipe. So I found this recipe from The Pioneer Woman which is actually similar to Bobby Flay’s recipe just so much simpler! And I already had all the ingredients I needed. We also had leftover hamburger buns from our BBQ on Friday. And let me just mention Derek made the BEST hamburgers that night I have EVER had! I’m so proud of him!
These sloppy joes are so quick and easy to make and it tastes really good. I cut the recipe in half because there are only two of us. Also, the recipe calls for toasting the buns and please do! It really made a difference and tasted so very good! Enjoy!
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1 pound ground beef
- ¼ large onion, diced
- ½ large green bell pepper, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon chili powder (more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes (more to taste)
- Worcestershire Sauce, to taste
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional)
- Tabasco Sauce (optional; to taste)
- salt to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Kaiser Rolls (I used regular hamburger buns)
- Add butter to a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
- Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
- Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
- Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls.
Recipe adapted from The Pioneer Woman