Homemade Sloppy Joes

I cannot remember the last time I ate a Sloppy Joe. Do you know what they are? They’re sort of a sandwich, a mixture of ground beef, tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and spices, cooked like a sauce then served on a bun. They were popular when I was growing up (are they still?) and when I was growing up was probably the last time I had one.

One day, after thinking about Sloppy Joes, I hunted in the freezer, found some ground beef and set to making some. You can buy sauce in a can to mix with ground beef, but I’m a do-it-yourself kind of person, so this is a homemade concoction.

Here what happened.

Thawed the ground beef.

Ground beef.

Ground beef.

Got tomatoes, red pepper, garlic and onions.

Tomatoes, red pepper, garlic and onions.

Tomatoes, red pepper, garlic and onions.

Started (and finished) chopping).

Chopped vegetables.

Chopped vegetables.

Cooked the ground beef.

Brown the ground beef.

Brown the ground beef.

While the meat was cooking, assembled the other ingredients.

Brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

Brown sugar.

Dijon mustard.

Mustard.

Mustard.

Celery seeds.

Celery seeds.

Celery seeds.

Ketchup.

Ketchup.

Ketchup.

Worcestershire sauce.

Worcestershire sauce.

Worcestershire sauce.

Apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar.

Cayenne pepper.

Cayenne pepper.

Cayenne pepper.

When the ground beef was almost browned the onions, red pepper, tomatoes and garlic were added.

Add the onions, red pepper, tomatoes and garlic.

Add the onions, red pepper, tomatoes and garlic.

After 15 minutes of cooking, added the brown sugar, mustard, celery seeds, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, tomatoes, salsa and water.

All the remaining ingredients are added.

All the remaining ingredients are added.

After the meat mixture has cooked for 30 minutes or so, toast the buns, load on some of the meat and serve!

Homemade Sloppy Joe.

Homemade Sloppy Joe.

Were homemade Sloppy Joes worth remaking now that I am a grown up? Yes. They were sloppy, eat-over-the-kitchen-sink type sandwiches and very tasty: savoury, tangy, meat with a bun to soak up the sauce.

Homemade Sloppy Joes
Makes enough for 4 sandwiches

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. celery seeds
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 – 14 oz. can chopped tomatoes with their juice
1/2 cup water
1 cup medium salsa

Buns for serving

Method

Brown the ground beef in a large fry pan over medium heat. When the meat is almost browned, add the onions, red pepper, tomatoes and garlic and continue to cook for 15 minutes, until the vegetables are softened. Turn the heat to simmer and add the brown sugar, mustard, celery seeds, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, tomatoes, salsa and water. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes or longer, if you have the time. Serve hot on toasted buns.

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