Sloppy Joes and Janes

One of my favorite slap-together meals as a kid was Sloppy Joes. A little sweet, a little tangy, and as messy as possible! Served with chips or fries and pickles, it was like a bit of heaven on earth! They are inexpensive to make and are done in about 30  minutes using only 1 skillet. And, if you use paper plates, even less to clean up! So – in an effort to be “PC” –  here is my version of this comfort food!

Sloppy Joes and Janes

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 15-1/2 oz can small red or pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1-1/2 c  tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. unsulfured molasses or Agave nectar
  • 1 Tbsp. Coleman’s dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 whole wheat burger buns

Brown the mean and onion in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles. Keep moving meat around until no pink remains. Pour out drippings and discard.

Add the garlic, jalapeños (if using) and bell peppers and cook 5 minutes until peppers are tender. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce the heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Scoop a portion on each bun.  Leftovers taste better. Serves 8 but can easily be cut in half – or freeze half for another quick dinner.

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