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Best Homemade Sloppy Joes


Ground beef, onion, and bell pepper are simmered down in a slightly sweet, tangy sauce until thick then served on buttered and toasted hamburger buns.

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  • 3/4 cup ketchup (I use Hunt's)
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce (Heinz)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar (I used dark)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (I used Grey Poupon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • Cayenne pepper or crushed red peppers, to taste (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (2/3 cup)
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef (I used 93/7)
  • Salt, to taste (optional)
  • 8 hamburger buns (plus butter for toasting, if desired)



Step 1

Chop onion and bell pepper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk ingredients ketchup through worcestershire sauce together. Set aside.

In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat; add onion and bell pepper and cook 4-5 minutes, stirring constantly, just until crisp tender (they will finish cooking later). Increase heat to medium-high; add ground beef to the onions and peppers and cook until meat is no longer pink, breaking it up into tiny pieces as it cooks. Drain off any liquid or fat. Stir in the sauce mixture and bring to a boil; then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until mixture is thick with only a little sauce left, stirring frequently. Season with salt, if desired.

Serve on buttered, pan-toasted hamburger buns with hamburger dills, mustard, or whatever condiments you like.


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