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Fire Roasted Sloppy Joes

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Fire Roasted Sloppy Joes
  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 45 min
  • Servings 6
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Fire Roasted Sloppy Joes

Quick sloppy joes made with Progresso™ Recipe Starters™!


pound ground beef
can Progresso™ Recipe Starters™ fire roasted tomato cooking sauce
tablespoons olive oil
white onion, diced
green pepper, diced
cloves garlic, minced
tablespoon brown sugar
teaspoons chili powder
teaspoon salt
teaspoon red pepper flakes (opt.)
teaspoon hot sauce (opt.)
teaspoon dried mustard (opt.)
kaiser rolls
Butter, for rolls
Grated cheese


  • 1 Add olive oil to a medium pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add onions, peppers, and garlic and cook until onions are soft, about five minutes.
  • 2 Add ground beef and cook until beef is browned throughout, about 10 minutes. Stir regularly. After the beef is cooked, spoon off any extra fat that has accumulated.
  • 3 Add can of recipe starter, sugar, and other spices. If you want to really spice things up, add a dash of hot sauce, red pepper flakes, and dried mustard.
  • 4 Turn down simmer until mixture is thick, at least 15 minutes, stirring regularly.
  • 5 When ready to serve, lightly butter a roll and toast it in a dry skillet. Serve sloppy joe mixture piled on buns with grated cheese on top.
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Fire Roasted Sloppy Joes

As prepared by Macheesmo,

Unfortunately, sloppy joes remind most people of bad school lunches, but we can easily save them and bring them back to the dinner table.

If you think about it, sloppy joes are really the best combination of hamburgers and a thick Italian meat sauce. There has to be potential there, right?

My Fire-Roasted Sloppy Joes are not only delicious, but you can have them on the table in just over thirty minutes!


Ingredients for sloppy joe mixture

The ingredients for the sloppy joe mixture aren’t complicated. Besides the ground beef and a can of Progresso Fire Roasted Recipe Starters, all you need is a diced onion and pepper, some garlic, and a few basic spices.


Cooking onions

Start by adding a drizzle of oil to a medium pot over medium-high heat. Add your onions, peppers, and garlic and cook them for about five minutes until the onions are soft. Season it with a pinch of salt.


Adding recipe starter

Add the ground beef to the mixture and cook it until it’s nicely browned, about another 8 minutes. Then add your can of Recipe Starter and bring it to a simmer.


Spice mixture

Once the mixture is simmering go ahead and add in all your spices. Feel free to adjust the amounts of the spices to fit your tastes. It’s pretty flexible, really.


Sloppy joe mixture, done

After simmering for about fifteen more minutes, your sloppy joes should be nice and thick!


Buttered and toasted bun

One of the most important steps to a good sloppy joe is lightly buttering your rolls and toasting them until they’re nicely browned. That will help the bread hold up the meat mixture.


Sloppy joe, ready to eat

Then there is nothing left to do but pile it high and deep—and maybe add some grated cheese on top! One batch of sloppy joes should get you about six sandwiches.


These are definitely better than anything I ever had in the school lunchroom and you better believe that they will be making a second appearance on my dinner table.

Just be sure to bring a fork because they are sloppy indeed!

More Sloppy Joe Recipes

Nick thinks Sloppy Joes need to make a huge comeback starting now. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, and follow him on his Tablespoon Profile.
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