I developed this Sloppy Joes recipe for a children's cooking class thinking it would please the palette of young people. But I find myself making it all the time for our grown-up taste buds. My husband requests it often. It is an easy make-ahead meal that reheats well, served on soft toasted buns. I usually sauté a mix of vegetables to serve along side for a complete meal. The secret ingredient for the sloppy sauce is the McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning. Without the seasoning blend it lacks the zip which makes these Sloppy Joes appealing to grown-ups. But the kids liked it too. Even the young fella who said he hated mustard. This children's recipe brings big smiles and happy bellies.
I have made this with ground beef and ground turkey. Both are delicious.
Sloppy Joes with Homemade Sloppy Sauce
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1-pound ground beef or turkey
8-ounce can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon mustard
1/2 teaspoon McCormick Montreal Steak Seasoning
Butter for toasting the buns
Working with a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil, chopped onion and bell pepper, and salt. Stir together, cooking until the vegetables are softened, about 4 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high, add in the ground meat, breaking up into small crumbles; cook until the meat has browned deeply. Add in the tomato sauce, rinsing out the can with the 3 tablespoons of water, adding the water to the pan. Stir in the brown sugar, mustard and ketchup, stirring to combine. Sprinkle in the steak seasoning, stirring occasionally until the sauce is thickened. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your taste. I usually sprinkle in a bit more steak seasoning to make the "joes" more zippy.
Butter the buns for toasting in a separate skillet. Serve a generous portion of the Sloppy Joes onto each bun and enjoy.