The Sloppier The Better If You Ask Me!

This is what readers said about this recipe over at our friends’, Cooking Classy:


I think the beauty of sloppy joes is that they’re messy! These sure look the part, and I’d love to just dig into this now!


And that sure is true! This Sloppy Joe looks invitingly messy and I wouldn’t have it any other way.



  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper (or an additional 1/2 cup red bell pepper)
  • 1/4 cup diced poblano pepper (optional)
  • 1 medium carrot finely grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp liquid smoke flavoring
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt, and then to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, or to taste



  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, crumble in ground beef and cook, stir occasionally until beef has browned. Drain beef into a bowl lined with paper towels, reserving 1 1/2 tbsp fat in pan.
  • Add onion, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, poblano pepper and carrot to fat in skillet and cook over medium high heat. Cook and stir frequently for 5 minutes until veggies become translucent and tender. Add in garlic and cook 1 more minute. Reduce heat to low, add remaining ingredients, along with browned beef and stir. Cover and cook 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve warm on toasted hamburger buns, and sprinkle optional cheddar cheese over Sloppy Joe mixture.




Thanks to Cooking Classy for this family friendly dinner idea!


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