Extra Sloppy Joes

Posted: January 5

Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Sometimes, the best meals are a bit of a mess. Extra Sloppy Joes proves that, with its rich, beefy, savory mixture soaking into bulkie rolls and dropping onto your plate—be sure to have fries or bread on hand to mop up these Extra Sloppy Joes, because you won’t want to miss a drop! Plenty of tang, plenty of sweetness, and plenty of depth of flavor, these make for a fantastic lunch!


• 1 1/2 pounds extra-lean ground beef • 1/2 onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 green bell pepper, diced • 2 cups water, divided • 3/4 cup ketchup • Worcestershire sauce, to taste • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper • cayenne pepper, to taste


Step 1

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

Step 2

Cook the ground beef and chopped onion until the beef is no longer pink and is crumbled, about 10 minutes.

Step 3

Add the garlic and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 3 minutes.

Step 4

Add 1 cup of the water and stir, scraping all of the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.

Step 5

Add in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper.

Step 6

Add the remaining 1 cup of the water, stirring to combine.

Step 7

Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Step 8

Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and the moisture evaporates.

Step 9

Season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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