When I was a kid it seems like a disliked every cheap and easy dinner. Sloppy Joes were no exception to that rule. My revulsion to the orange loose meat sandwiches lasted straight into adulthood. However, Sloppy Joes are popular party fare, so I am bringing them to Fiesta Friday.
When I was a child I may have tried the canned stuff once or twice but I have no recollection of what it tastes like… Now that I’m grown, I can make Sloppy Joes into whatever I want them to be. I wanted my Joes to be meaty and spicy. Savory and not too sweet, too tangy or sour. And one more thing — the sauce must not be orange! Luckily the concoction I created resulted in a nice brick red sauce. Whew. Dodged that bullet!
I started out with a base sauce including a lot of the ingredients in Sloppy Joe recipes – meat, onions, peppers, tomato sauce, tomato paste (I couldn’t bring myself to use ketchup or canned tomato soup), vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. The resulting sauce smelled tomato-y and sour. Not what I was going for. So I added some more seasonings and some spicy elements and ended up being thrilled with the results. Meaty? Check. Savory? Check. Spicy awesomeness? Check, Check! I think this one is going to make my regular dinner rotation.
Makes 8 sandwiches
– 1 lb ground beef
– 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
-1/2 6 oz can tomato paste
– 1 small onion diced
– 1 red pepper diced fine
– 1 Tablespoon rice wine vinegar
– 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
– 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
– 3 Tablespoons barbecue sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays)
– 2 Tablespoons chilli powder
– 1 tablespoon onion powder
– 1 teaspoon garlic powder
– 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Start by cooking the ground beef over medium low heat. Add the diced onions and peppers and turn the heat back to low. Cook until the beef is browned then add the sauce ingredients. This sauce isn’t seriously spicy but it does have some heat. If you want to have a milder sauce cut back on the black pepper. Simmer over low heat until thickened to the desired consistency. Serve on hamburger buns.
Whole wheat hamburger buns were on sale at Aldi this week (45 cents for an 8 pack, woop woop!). I think the hearty whole wheat buns held up really well to the wet sauce, which was awesome.
Have you reinvented any dishes you didn’t like when you were a child? How did it go?
Most importantly — Did you bring them to a party?