I love Sloppy Joe’s! Definitely one of my favorite American dishes. There isn’t much Mexican flair I can add to Sloppy Joe’s, but let’s be honest, it doesn’t need it! When I first made these delicious Joe sandwiches, I basically just threw a bunch of ingredients in a pot and hoped for the best. The final result ended with a sweet tangy tomatoes sauce and a hint of veggie delight with caramelized mushrooms. I can’t necessarily explain combination of flavors, but I do know that it all works together!
Now normally I don’t list the ingredients I use in a recipe before hand because I like to create simple easy recipes. I tend to use ingredients I have on hand and create dishes that are simple for a busy weeknight. I do throw in those multi step Mexican recipes every now and then for someone trying to show off their ethnic skills. Wink wink. But I feel this time it may be necessary just to make sure all the ingredients are gathered. So here we go!
Baby Bella Mushrooms
Ground Beef 80/20
Roasted Red Peppers
Hunts Basil, Garlic and Oregano Diced Tomatoes
Hunt’s Tomato Paste
Red Wine Vinegar
Sliced Cheddar Cheese
One Pot Sloppy Joe's
This entire recipe can be done in one deep sauté pan or a large pot. I stick to a sauté pan because I cook for 2 and a mini human that prefers milk. This recipe normally yields about 6-8 Sloppy Joe’s. Keep in mind they are on a 4″ Brioche Roll. You can use larger rolls or even a different dread variety. In a pickle, I have used Ciabatta and they were equally as delicious. It’s all in the meat man!
Sloppy Joe's Meat Mixture
Begin by sauting the onion in oil until soft and translucent. Throw in the garlic until fragrant, this only takes a couple seconds. Now add the mushrooms. Be sure not to over crowd the mushrooms. Add a little bit in and begin to cook out any water it is holding and gradually add more until all the mushrooms are cooked and appear caramelized. Mushrooms are loved in this house so I keep them sliced. You can, however, small chop them so they mix well with the meat.
Add the roasted red peppers and give it a quick sauté. Nothing special, you just want to mix it well with the onions and mushrooms. Throw in the ground beef, break into small pieces and allow to cook until no longer pink. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. The taste will change as we continue to add the remaining ingredients, but I like to give my meat some flavor first. Be sure to drain the grease, it will make a difference in the texture and taste.
Once the meat is cooked, add the Hunt’s diced tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup, and sambal right after another. Allow the tomato meat mixture to come to a slight simmer in order for the flavors to fully marry together. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning. Once simmering, add the brown sugar. I was looking to achieve a tangy sweet tomato taste.
Finally, stir in the Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar, and the dijon mustard. Very little of these ingredients goes a long way. Give the meat mixture a little stir, bring to a slight simmer again and turn off the heat. The meat shouldn’t be too soupy but your do want a some liquid for that “sloppy” consistency we are going for. The liquid should mainly come from the canned diced tomatoes. You can let the mixture stay over the hot burner for the flavors to continue to combine, but make sure the heat is off. I find that ground beef taste better the following day or after a couple hours after it has soaked in all the flavor, so this recipe would be a great “make a day ahead” dish! All you have to do is store it in an air tight container and the following day toss it back into a saute pan and re heat. Simple!
Indulge Them Joe's
Go ahead, give it a taste, don’t be shy. Amazing right? The flavors just hit you in the face, but in a good way! All that is left is to make those Joe’s sloppy. Let’s move on to the most important aspect – the bread! All types of bread make me happy! Brioche Rolls are the winner for my Sloppy Joes. Yeap! I drive by to my local Panera Bread and pick up a couple of Brioche Rolls. Pop the in my toaster oven just to slightly toast, nothing too crazy and start building!
Ladle a hefty scoop of Sloppy Joe mix onto the bottom half of the bun, add a piece of sliced cheddar cheese and top with the top part of the bun. Simple, delicious, nutritious (maybe), mainly super delicious. These will quickly become your go-to Sloppy Joe’s recipe, I feel it in my bones. Weeknight dinners have never been this delicious!
You must try this recipe for yourself and see how delicious it is. If you do, I would love to see it. Show me!
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- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2.5 oz White Onion julienne
- .2 oz Garlic Cloves minced
- 9 oz Baby Bella Mushrooms sliced
- 2.5 oz Roasted Red Peppers small chopped
- 1 lb Ground Beef 80/20
- 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- 14.5 oz Hunt's Garlic, Basil, Oregano Diced Tomatoes canned
- 1.5 oz Hunt's Tomato Paste canned
- 2 oz Hunt's Ketchup
- .5 oz Sambal
- .5 oz Brown Sugar
- 1.5 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 2 tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
- .5 tsp Dijon Mustard
- as needed Cheddar Cheese sliced
- as needed Brioche Rolls
- Heat the olive oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.
- Add the onion and saute until fragrant and soft.
- Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Be sure to not burn the garlic.
- Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are soft, caramelized and all the water has been cooked out and evaporated.
- Add the roasted red peppers and give a quick saute just to incorporate into the onions and mushrooms.
- Add the ground beef and move around to break into small pieces. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and cook the meat until no longer pink.
- Add the Hunt's tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup, and sambal. Stir until well combined and bring the meat mixture to a slight simmer to marry all the flavors together. Be sure to stir occasionally to prevent burning and sticking on bottom of the pan.
- Stir in the brown sugar until well incorporated.
- Add in the Worcestershire sauce, red wine vinegar and Dijon Mustard. Stir and bring to a slight simmer once again. Allow the meat to simmer for an additional 10 minutes to allow the meat soak in all the flavors. Turn off heat.
- Slightly toast the Brioche Rolls in a toaster oven. You can skip this step if you don't favor toasted bread.
- Ladle a generous amount of Sloppy Joe mix onto the bottom half of the bread. Add a piece of sliced cheddar cheese and top with the top part of the bread.
- Serve with some home made fries or keep it simple with some potato chips! We love Lay's or any type of Dorito's! Some weeknight meals should just be fun!
- Feel free to use any variation of mushrooms - I favor Baby Bella, but I have used White and Cremini
- Serve with home made fries or with potato chips
- Perfect "make a day ahead" meat mixture - the meat will soak in the flavors overnight. Stir in an air tight container and reheat in a saute pan the following day.