Do sloppy joes need an introduction? What is there to say about them? They are wonderful hearty, messy sandwiches of deliciousness. You can get the canned stuff but it so much better when you make it yourself. And it's very easy. Just try it and see for yourself.
1 pound of ground beef
1/2 onion chopped
1/2 cubannelle pepper chopped
1/4 red bell pepper chopped
2-3 garlic cloves minced
1 15 oz. can of Tomato Sauce
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons of red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
Chili powder, salt and pepper to taste
Makes 4 servings
Chop chop chop away. Chop your onions and peppers and mince those garlic cloves.
Sautee your vegetables in some oil for 2 minutes or so, until the structure of the vegetables starts to give.
Season your meat with salt, pepper and chili powder. Add seasoned meat to your skillet and brown. For Pete's sake, please use a bigger skillet than the one I show in the picture above!
Once the meat is nice and browned (not burnt or dry), add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce and red wine vinegar to the skillet. Cook at low heat, partially covered for about 20 minutes or until the sauce gets thick. If you are impatient like me, turn up the heat, leave uncovered and stir, stir, stir for about 10 minutes. Just be prepared to clean up the random bits of tomato sauce you'll find everywhere.
Serve the sloppy joe mixture hot. Spoon onto some nice toasted Portuguese rolls. It's such a hearty sandwich that I like to pair it with a light salad. In this case, I made a salad of sliced cucumbers, tomatoes and radishes. Bon apetit!
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