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Easy & Yummy Sloppy Joes

April 29, 2011

This is a super-simple recipe for sloppy joes that you can make up in a few minutes.

My main question was, though, why are they called “sloppy joes”? The Wikipedia entry for “sloppy joe” credits Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida for the name. It also lists other regional names for the cooked ground beef and tomato sandwiches including “Yip Yips,” “Yum Yums,” “Victory Burgers” and (sorry folks) “Snot Burgers.” Gross. I’m glad we call them “Sloppy Joes.”

Easy & Yummy Sloppy Joes

1 T. canola oil

1 med. onion, finely chopped

1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 celery stalk, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

salt and ground black pepper

1 lb. ground beef (Please, please use free-range beef.)

1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce

1/4 C. ketchup

1 T. Worchestershire sauce

4 hamburger buns, split and toasted (Preferably whole wheat.)

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5-7 minutes.

Add ground beef to skillet. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Stir tomato sauce, ketchup, and Worchestershire sauce into beef mixture in skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes.

Season the mixture with more salt and pepper, as desired. Spoon onto buns, and serve immediately.

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