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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 1 tsp olive oil

  • 1 lb. ground beef

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste

  • 2/3 cup ketchup

  • 1/3 Beef broth (or water)

  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar (or less, if you prefer)

  • 1 tsp yellow mustard

  • 3/4 tsp chili powder

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • dash of hot sauce


  • Heat butter and oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and brown, breaking apart into crumbles as it cooks. Drain and set aside

  • Add onion and bell pepper to same skillet and cook until soft about 4minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. About 30 seconds. Add beef back to the skillet

  • Add tomato paste and mix well

  • Add the rest of the ingredients: ketchup, broth OR water, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, and black pepper.

  • Stir well to combine.

  • Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, until mixture has thickened to your liking. If it is to think add another splash of broth.

  • Remove from heat and serve over toasted buns.


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