Growing up sloppy joes were always made with a packet of seasoning picked up in the soup aisle of the grocery store. As I've gotten older & started to care a little more about what I eat, I look at those seasoning packets & am shocked by the amount of salt in them. Matt couldn't believe I'd think of buying them anyway since he knew he could create just as good a seasoning mix with what we had in the spice drawer.
Of course, he was right & these were some of the tastiest sloppy joes I can remember having. The mix of the pepper & brown sugar gives them a sweet & spicy flavor that is just right.
Matt's Sloppy Joes
1/2 T olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t ancho powder (may just be labeled chili powder)
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1 T brown sugar
3 T tomato paste
1 T spicy brown mustard
1/4 c water
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion & cook until starting to soften. Add the beef & cook until cooked through. Stir in the pepper, ancho, paprika, garlic, cayenne & brown sugar until well blended. Stir in the tomato paste, mustard & water. Bring to a simmer. Cook well stirring from time to time until thickened, 5 - 10 minutes at the most. Taste & add salt as needed.
Enough filling for 4 - 5 sloppy joes
When was the last time you had a sloppy joe?
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