Sloppy Joe

After work and a trip to the gym, it may be 8:00 by the time I get home.  And despite a liberal, daytime-snacking policy, I’m hungry for dinner by that time.

Even though I enjoy cooking, a Wednesday evening — with only a few hours left before bedtime beckons — is not the best time to launch into an hour-long culinary experience.  Quick, easy, and delicious are the weekday watchwords.

Sloppy Joe fits the bill.  This meal comes together in a matter of minutes and is absolutely delicious.  Warm and hearty, it’s befitting of the term “comfort food,” but without being overly heavy or unhealthy.

sloppy joe

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes
YIELD: 4 Servings

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
1 jalapeño pepper, diced (optional)
1 pound lean ground beef or ground turkey
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 6-ounce can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup BBQ Sauce (I used Corky’s Sauce: Thanks Caitlin!)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chili
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
4 Whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted, rubbed with garlic


1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in onions, and cook until almost tender.  Add the jalapeno pepper, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add in the beef, and cook until browned all over.

2. Stir in tomato paste, tomato sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, BBQ sauce, and spices.  Let simmer for 3 to 4, and then season with salt and pepper. Serve warm, on whole wheat hamburger rolls that have been toasted and rubbed with garlic! Add a side of sweet potato chips.


6 responses to “Sloppy Joe

  1. Anytime, babe! Looks great!

  2. Yeeessss!!
    this looks good, right about now… it’s 11 pm.

  3. I love sloppy joes! They are fast and easy to make

  4. I’m making sloppy lentil joe today! Will let you know how it turns out.

  5. That sounds fun! I’m eager to hear how it turns out!

  6. Just made these tonight and they were great! Hubby and kids downed their sandwiches. Thanks for posting!

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