These smoky, spicy Sloppy Joes are made completely from scratch — no ketchup or seasoning packets — and they make an easy weeknight dinner.
Servings: 4 to 6
Prep Time:25 Minutes
Cook Time:20 Minutes
Total Time:45 Minutes
1-1/4 pounds90% lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoonsunsalted butter, plus more for buns
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
1 small red bell pepper, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoondried oregano
3/4 teaspoondry mustard
1(14-oz) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoonhot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco or Frank's, or to taste
In a medium bowl, using your hands, mash the beef with the baking soda. Let it sit on the counter for 20 to 25 minutes to tenderize.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and set a rack in the middle position.
Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat until bubbling. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 4 to 6 minutes.
Add the beef, salt, pepper, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, and dry mustard and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until mostly brown, about 3 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, butter the inside of the buns and place on a baking sheet, butter side up. Toast in the oven until warmed through and lightly crispy, about 5 minutes.
Taste the sloppy Joe mixture and adjust seasonings. (If you like your Sloppy Joes sweet, feel free to add 1 teaspoon of brown sugar.) Spoon the mixture onto the toasted hamburger buns and serve.
Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The meat mixture can be frozen for up to 3 months and reheated in the microwave om on the stovetop until hot.