Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sloppy Joe's

Well my first time making sloppy joe's was a hit. The sauce came out perfect, no need to tweak or try again. The family enjoyed these so much they will be appearing on the menu more. They are very easy to make, and not costly, most  of the ingredients I already had on hand.

6 plain ole hamburger buns
1 pound ground beef
1 white onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 tablespoon bottled chopped garlic
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 can tomato paste
1/4 cup ketchup
1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 cup water
salt and pepper to taste

Make It:
Heat a large pot over medium high heat, add meat to pot. Brown breaking with a spoon. When meat is completely browned add onion and bell pepper to pot. Stirring often cook until onion and pepper are tender, about 5 minutes. Drain off extra grease in pot. Add garlic, cook another minute. Add tomato paste, ketchup, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar and water to the pot, stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat slightly. Allow to cook 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often. Take each hamburger bun and open, place on a cookie sheet, open side up. Turn broiler on low. Place buns under broiler, cook until barely toasted but not brown, should take a minute maybe two. Remove buns form broiler. PLace on plate and scoop a good amount of sauce onto bottom part of bun, place top on and push down just a little. Repeat with all. Enjoy!