Sloppy Joes have never been a regular on our family table, mainly because I’ve never found a favorite recipe – until now. It came from one of my favorite blogs, A Family Feast. The sauce is so flavorful that I could eat it straight from a bowl – no bun required!
I am not a fan of overly sweet sloppy joe sauce, and many recipes tend toward that. This one, however, takes sloppy joe sauce to a flavorful, more “adult” level with the addition of Coleman’s dry mustard, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Sure, the list of ingredients and the prep time call for more effort than some sloppy joe recipes might, but the results are outstanding.
I actually made this sauce last month and froze it. I pulled it out this week and made sloppy joe sliders, and they were a huge hit.
Note: these sliders are wonderful plain, but I think adding Wickles takes them over the top! The already flavorful sauce topped with zesty wickles pickles packs a flavor punch like no sloppy joe you’ve ever had! Hopefully, a grocer near you carries Wickles; if not, they are available here on amazon.com.
Time Saving Tip: Use frozen diced onion & green pepper (from the frozen vegetable case) to cut down on prep time.
Sloppy Joe Sliders
2 pounds ground beef (I use ground chuck)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup diced onion
¼ cup diced green bell pepper
½ cup finely shredded carrot
¼ cup finely minced celery
2 garlic cloves, minced (I use 3-4)
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
¼ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon Coleman’s dry mustard powder
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 14-ounce can pureed tomatoes
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Sauté ground chuck over medium heat until cooked. Remove from pan, and set aside.
- In the same pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onions, peppers, carrots and celery; sauté four minutes. Add garlic, and sauté for one more minute. Add tomato paste, and cook for another minute.
- Add all other ingredients including cooked beef. Stir to combine.
- Cook over medium heat for ten minutes to incorporate flavors, stirring often. Remove from heat and serve on your favorite roll or bun. If you like a traditional bun, Pepperidge Farms wheat sliders are good. For a more sophisticated Joe, good artisan rolls work well.