Emily's Sloppy Joes

    30 min

    A delicious and quick version of the American favourite. This is easy to make in a large batch - you can double the recipe - and then freezer for later in small portions. Serve on a burger bun, bap or ciabatta roll.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 675g minced beef
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 red pepper, chopped
    • 175g tomato puree
    • 250ml water
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 1 tablespoon chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon vinegar
    • 3 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 8 baps or burger buns, halved

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, saute the minced beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and red pepper; saute for 5 more minutes, or until onion is tender. Drain the fat.
    2. Mix in tomato puree and water, stirring until puree is dissolved. Stir in garlic, chilli powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, dark brown soft sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick.

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    Tasted just like the one recently purchased from our local Christmas market. Will most certainly be cooking this again and add an extra bit of chilli next time  -  17 Dec 2014


    Wonderful! The overall flavor is varied and distinct because of the added spices. To make this more "sloppy" I use 3/4 cup of porter or heinekin and 3/4 cup of water. The brown sugar gives it a light sweet taste. The onions and red peppers give it excellent texture. If you like it hot, double the chili pepper or add some Aleppo pepper. I serve it over sliced Tillamook cheddar cheese on large toasted hamburger buns. I've made this numerous times and each time I love it more and more.  -  31 Jul 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is a really good basic sloppy joe recipe. I made a couple of changes: I halved the chili powder, increased the salt to 1 tsp., and added about 1/4 c. ketchup (to give it more of a tomato-base flavor). With the chili powder and the pepper it had enough spice to satisfy without being too much! A good recipe! Thanks!  -  12 Nov 2002  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)