Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Super Sloppy Joes - Rachel Ray

Tasty Tuesday - Super Sloppy Joes - Rachel Ray

When we got back from backpacking weeks ago we needed something hearty and savory. We also needed to make something that was going to get rid of some of the things in the fridge. I feel like we have been throwing away lately and I feel like we need to have a clean slate in the kitchen. We are trying to get rid of all of the old stuff that we have been holding on to. Today beef, red onions, pasta sauce, tomato paste (when do you ever use a whole can? So when I open a new one I freeze the rest into ice cubes), pasta sauce, and red and green peppers.    


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 1/4 pounds ground beef sirloin ( I used one it was what we had handy)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (we were out so I used 1/4 cup white sugar and some molassas)
  • 2 teaspoons to 1 tablespoon steak seasoning blend, such as McCormick brand Montreal Seasoning
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (I used the red onion that I had in the fridge)
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped (I also used a green pepper since we had one on hand)
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (I used pasta sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (frozen cubes)
  • 4 crusty rolls, split, toasted, and lightly buttered


Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and begin to break it up. Combine brown sugar and steak seasoning. Add sugar and spice mixture to the skillet and combine. When the meat has browned, add onion and red peppers to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook onions, peppers, red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce with meat for 5 minutes. Add tomato sauce and paste to pan. Stir to combine. Reduce heat to simmer and cook Sloppy Joe mixture 5 minutes longer.  Have plenty of napkins on hand!

Recipe by Rachel Ray can be seen here

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