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