Not So Sweet, Sloppy Joes!




Tradition here in our family is a huge dinner for Christmas Eve ~ and Christmas Day is all about sloppy joes!


I’ve tried a plethora of sloppy joe recipes with just not quite the right mix of ingredients, usually all a little more sweet than to our liking.  




I happened to have a bottle of "78 Red Spicy Ketchup" in the refrigerator and used it instead of the Heinz ketchup I generally use.  




I make a lot and use the electric skillet:  3 pounds of ground beef, 2 pounds of 85% and 1 pound of 95%.  It’s way to dry using only 90% or 95% ground beef. 




After the meat browned and onion and bell pepper cooked, 78 Red Spicy Ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, a little chili powder, salt, a sprinkle of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, a very small amount of brown sugar, and a dab of tomato paste for thickening, were simmered until thickened. 

A perfect blend of ingredients for us!  We all thought they were the absolute best sloppy joes we’ve had, good and tasty and not overly-sweet.

Woo hoo, this is it!!!  

The leftover meat was oh, so good for lunch the next day...



SLOPPY JOES, THE BEST!
Printable recipe
NOTE:  This makes a lot, enough for 16 servings.

Ingredients:
½ green bell pepper, minced
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds 85% ground beef
1 pound 95% ground beef
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups 78 Red Spicy Ketchup
1 cup water

1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
1½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional


Method:

Set electric skillet to 350° (or use large skillet on stove-top).
Add bell pepper, onion and garlic to skillet and cook for a minute.

Add meat and cook until beef browns and breaks apart into crumbles, about 10 minutes, push meat to side and drain well.

Add remaining ingredients, stir well to combine.
Cook for 15-30 minutes until cooked through and thickened to your liking.


Remove from heat.
Serve over toasted buns.



Enjoy!



40 comments:

  1. One of my husband's favourite meals! Yours looks really comforting and tasty, Pam.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! I don't make it very often, but we love it! Take care

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  2. This looks so good. I have never heard of that ketchup before.

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    1. Hi Anne! It's a tasty ketchup, spicy, and not very sweet. Thanks!

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  3. It looks, good but we seldom eat bread and I cannot remember the last time I had a burger!! Hope all is well, Diane

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    1. I hear you, Diane! I just had a hamburger yesterday at Five Guys. It's probably a quintessential American meal. We seldom have sloppy joes, but definitely have burgers during grilling season. Hope you having a great start to the New Year!

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  4. Happy New Year Pam!
    I love the idea of Sloppy Joe's on Christmas. What a great way to keep it delicious but simple. I have never seen this speciality ketchup before in the stores.

    All the best,
    Velva

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    1. Hi Velva! Happy New Year to you! Yes, it makes it simple for Christmas Day eating, and good too! All the best to you, take care

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  5. I really like sloppy joe's and this looks like a good version. I've found I like them open faced to get more meat and not as sloppy.

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    1. Thanks, Larry! Yes, open faced works good. Love it.

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  6. Pam, I can't remember the last time I had a Sloppy Joe! It's been years and years. As for spicy ketchup its all that I use. It's got a bit of a bite and its a little less sweet. There's another one with jalapenos in it too. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi Dave! We have them once a year pretty much. I could definitely enjoy it more times but for some reason only on Christmas day. Spicy ketchup is great, my mom used to make it every summer and I should do that too. Take care

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  7. Woohoo for traditions. They rock. Happy Christmas.

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    1. Woo hoo, Ivy! The rock for sure! Take care

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  8. Sloppy Joes are great! One of those foods that I loved as a kid, and still love. Your flavoring combo looks excellent -- thanks. Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi John! We really liked it since it was not so sweet. Thanks and Happy New Year to you!

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  9. I have never eaten a sloppy joe, but this sounds delicious.

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  10. Simple and delicious! It's actually a sandwich,with beef and ketchup, but a homemade one (not a McDonald).It's for all ages and tastes. It's a classic, and I like classics in any domain of our life.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! You said it perfectly! Take care

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  11. Great flavors you put together there! Maybe it's good to have something wonderful to look forward to for an entire year, not to have it all the time. Isn't it funny that this classic doesn't seem to have become a special at any chain restaurants? (Or has it?)

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Mae! It's a classic that we like. Don't think I've ever seen it on a restaurant menu. Funny for sure. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Natalia! Sorry---but thanks! 😊

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  13. The next time I'm at the grocery store I'm going to see if they carry this spicy ketchup. Your sandwiches sound like they were a hit with your family.

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    1. They were a hit, Karen! Hope you find the spicy ketchup. Take care

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  14. Dear Pam, Sounds like a great and fun way to celebrate the Christmas holiday. I love sloppy Joe sandwich's. I will look for this product at the grocery store. Happy New Year to you and yours. xo Catherine

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    1. Thanks, Catherine! Hope you find it. Happy New Year to you and yours also. xoxo

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  15. wow what a blast from the past! I havent though of these in ages. Now I want a sloppy joe! thanks Pam

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    1. An oldie but goodie, Claudia! Thanks and take care

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  16. Pam, I was just telling my Swedish nephew about Sloppy Joes. We always had them when we went camping. I could eat a handful of those guys back then. You've inspired me to make up a batch for my nephew and I'll bet he eats more than a handful. No 78 Red Spicy Ketchup over this way, but we do have Heinz Sriracha ketchup so I'll substitute with that. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi Ron! Bet they good when you went camping! And I bet your nephew will like them too. I haven't seen Heinz Sriracha ketchup, but that would work too. Thanks and take care

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  17. Looks delicious, Pam! I'm getting hungry just looking at your sloppy joes!
    Happy New Year !

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    1. Ha, thanks, Joyce! We really like them! Take care

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  18. I've actually been thinking about making Sloppy Joes! I used to make them for my kids a lot but don't make them for the two of us that often. Now I have a good reason to try something new and that spicy ketchup!

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    1. Hi Susan! They were great and now I'm wondering why I only make them once a year. That will change when the kids are over. Good luck with the spicy ketchup and all! Thanks and take care

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