Dinners don’t always have to be fancy. There are plenty of days that I just want something simple that I can eat on a paper plate. Sloppy Joes are perfect for this.
I also don’t think I have mentioned this before. I have been moving away from eating beef. So I typically substitute Beyond Beef for half of the regular beef in many of my recipes these days. Beyond Beef is a plant based substitute and one of the best ones that I have tried. I will even eat their Beyond Burgers without mixing it with any regular beef. When you mix it in Sloppy Joes, your family will never know.
A couple of notes with this recipe. Many Sloppy Joe recipes call for brown sugar. Since I am using ketchup and sweet relish, the brown sugar is not required. Ketchup will have cane sugar and/or high fructose corn syrup so it will be sweet enough. Additionally, don’t over add on the sweet relish. The dish will become overly sweet. You really just want a hint of relish for this finished dish. If you accidentally put to much in, just add a little more vinegar to balance it out.
Also, taste before adding any salt. Ketchup also has salt in it. You may feel like you don’t even need to add any. For the vinegar, I have used red wine vinegar, distilled vinegar and even apple cider vinegar. They all work. Use what you have in the house.
To make the Sloppy Joes, brown the meat in a large skillet. Add the diced onion, green pepper and minced garlic. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Add the ketchup, tomato paste, 1 cup water, Worcestershire Sauce, relish and vinegar. Mix thoroughly. Season with the freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until everything is tender and the sauce has reduced. Serve immediately.
My Sloppy Joes are perfect with a side of tater tots, french fries or potato chips.
PHOTO NOTE: My grocers were not stocked when I went to shop. I could only get orange colored peppers instead of green peppers. I definitely prefer green peppers for this recipe. The orange colored peppers are milder and have a sweeter flavor. You don’t really need to add any additional sweetness to the dish.
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- 1 pound ground beef (90% or higher)
- 1 pound Beyond Beef
- 1 onion, small dice
- 1 green pepper, small dice
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 16 ounces ketchup
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tablespoon sweet relish
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
NOTE: I have used red wine vinegar, distilled vinegar and apple cider vinegar. They all work.
- Step 1 Brown the meat in a large skillet.
- Step 2 Add the diced onion, green pepper and minced garlic. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
- Step 3 Add the ketchup, 1 cup water, Worcestershire Sauce, relish and red wine vinegar. Mix thoroughly.
- Step 4 Season with the freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt.
- Step 5 Reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes until everything is tender and the sauce has reduced.