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All Hail The Sloppy Joe

Every forkful is meaty, messy, delicious, and kid-approved... 
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 30 minutes, economical, ground beef, ketchup, kid friendly
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 317kcal

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Ingredients

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    Ingredients for Sloppy Joes

    • 1 pound ground beef
    • * medium onion, finely chopped *optional
    • * medium bell pepper, grated on box grater or diced fine *optional
    • 1 1/4 cups ketchup
    • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 8 sandwich buns, split

    Instructions

    The Method

    • In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine beef with bell pepper and onion (if using). Cook until the meat is mostly browned, about 5 minutes. Drain well on paper toweling.
    • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, Balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, and pepper. 
    • Add the meat back into the skillet along with sauce mixture and 1/4 cup of water. Stir until evenly coated. Cover and simmer 20 minutes.
    • Serve atop butter-griddled or toasted sandwich buns.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servings | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 351mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 223IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 91mg | Iron: 3mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.