The quest to get through the hamburger buns continued.  These were a good, basic sloppy joe recipe, but I think next time I would up the ketchup and spices a bit to give it even more flavor.

Sloppy Joes

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Seasoning salt, to taste
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 1/2 green pepper, minced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. + 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/3-1/2 cup water to reach desired consistency
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Hamburger buns

Stovetop Instructions:

Brown ground beef with onion, green pepper, and garlic. Season to taste with seasoning salt. Add in mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Combine tomato paste and water and add to hamburger mixture. Add more water if desired. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste. Cover, turn heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on hamburger buns.

Crockpot Instructions:

Brown ground beef with onion, green pepper, and garlic. Season to taste with seasoning salt. Transfer to slow cooker. Add in remaining ingredients and combine well. Cook on low for 3-4 hours and serve on hamburger buns.

Freezer Instructions:

Brown ground beef with onion, green pepper, and garlic. Season to taste with seasoning salt. Transfer to a freezer-safe container. Add in remaining ingredients and combine well. Freeze. When ready to cook, transfer to a slow cooker and cook on low to 3-5 hours. Serve on hamburger buns.

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