Sloppy Joes (with NO ketchup!)

  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 x 14.5 ounce can tomato puree (not tomato paste! sometimes labelled “ground tomatoes”)
  • 2 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 finely chopped jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 + 1/2 cups water
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef, breaking apart pieces with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Season with 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add pureed tomatoes, sugar, vinegar, tomato paste, Worcestershire, and 1 1/2 cups water (add the jalapeños now, or when the mixture has finished cooking). Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve hot meat mixture on top of warmed up baguette, or buns of your choice. Eat like a traditional hamburger, or like an open-faced sandwich. Sliced avocado is a nice “condiment”!

1 Comment

Filed under food, Main Course, Protein

One response to “Sloppy Joes (with NO ketchup!)

  1. Gary R. Hess

    Awesome recipe. I am tired of so many recipes asking for ketchup.

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