Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pioneer Woman's Sloppy Joes

I'm not gonna lie, when I was younger I wouldn't touch a sloppy joe with a 10-foot pole!  The last few years I have definitely come to appreciate them a lot more and even really like them!  They are a great weeknight meal, easy to throw together, and generally a crowd-pleaser.  This version was very good, although I do think I like this version a bit better.  You decide what your favorite is!  

I like this topped off with a little slice of cheese, french fried onions, or some regular old potato chips put right on the sandwich.  Yum! 

Pioneer Woman Sloppy Joes

2 Tablespoons Butter
2-1/2 pounds Ground Beef
1/2 whole Large Onion, Diced
1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced
5 cloves Garlic, Minced
1-1/2 cup Ketchup
1 cup Water
2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Chili Powder (more To Taste)
1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste)
Worcestershire Sauce, To Taste
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)
Salt To Taste
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
Kaiser Rolls

Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.

Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls, topping with a slice of cheese.

Recipe Source:  Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman)

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