Classic Sloppy Joes
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Serves: 2 lbs of beef = large batch, but you can ½ for several large sandwiches
 
Classic, delicious and quick, good ole Sloppy Joes! Lean ground beef and fresh onion, garlic and a tomato-based sauce make this one a weeknight winner!
What to get:
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef ( I used 93/7 this time, but prefer 90/10)
  • 1 sweet white onion, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped finely (were large cloves)
  • 2, 8-oz cans tomato sauce
  • 3T tomato paste
  • ¼ cup Heinz Ketchup
  • 2T Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt (additional to taste)
  • ½ tsp pepper (additional to taste)
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • package soft bakery buns or standard hamburger buns
What to do:
  1. In large mixing bowl, combine ground beef, salt, pepper & Italian seasoning, mixing well.
  2. In large skillet on stove crisp one piece of bacon, discard bacon slice and reserve some of the grease.
  3. To pan, add the onion & garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes on medium-low.
  4. Now add seasoned ground beef and stir to incorporate into onion mix evenly.
  5. Cook beef in pan for about 5 min, then add 2 cans of tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, worcestershire, red wine vinegar and dash cayenne pepper.
  6. Combine well and cook on medium-low stirring occasionally, letting sauce thicken & then add more salt & pepper to taste.
  7. Keep meat mix on low until cooked through, sauce has thickened and you're ready to serve.
  8. In small steamer pot on stove boil a half cup of water and place sliced buns in pot with lid, to steam for a minute or so (you can skip if they're the overly soft white hamburger variety).
  9. Serve meat mixture on buns and add slice of Cheddar or American cheese for melting as desired!
Notes:
I made a very large amount, which yielded intentional leftovers to share, so feel free to adjust using half the amount of ground beef, and you can always add more seasoning as you prefer! These are great on fresh deli white buns that have a little more texture than standard, white hamburger buns. I slightly steam the bakery rolls for a chewy & softer texture. These also reheat well if you make leftovers.
Serving size: one beefy bun
Recipe by the dinnervine at http://www.dinnervine.com/2012/10/sloppy-joes/