Dinner at our house is a constant compromise- I am a made-from-scratch kind of girl, whereas The Boyfriend prefers as few steps as possible, with take-out being the ideal. There’s also a fair amount of waxing nostalgic over certain items that were staples on both of our dinner tables growing up – frozen veggies and various canned/boxed meal helpers. As a result, I’m often on the lookout for ways to make some of those dinners, but in a way that I can control the ingredients and season for our grown-up palates.
These Sloppy Joes check all of those boxes – a throwback comfort-food meal, but homemade, and tweaked to amp up the flavor and quality over the premade stuff. Even better, the recipe is simple, and uses basic ingredients that won’t require a separate trip to the grocery store. From start to finish, these made-from-scratch Sloppy Joes will be on the table in under an hour.
The recipe below is balanced for our taste preferences, but I would definitely recommend tasting as you cook so that you can find the perfect flavors for your family. I often add a bit more cayenne to kick up the spice a bit. If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you could add brown sugar or molasses for a bit more depth. If you want to go tangier, apple cider vinegar will add additional acid. This is a very flexible recipe, so customize for your preferences!
What are your favorite childhood dinners re-imagined for grown-up palates? Let me know in the comments section!
You'll never go back to a canned mix again after you try this easy, delicious Sloppy Joes' recipe, ready in just forty-five minutes!
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1/3 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper; drain off liquid and place back on heat.
- Stir in mustard, garlic powder, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and cayenne pepper; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.