This beefed-up sloppy Joe sandwich – with bacon, avocado and a beautiful fried egg on top – puts the regular version on the back burner.
Who doesn't love a messy sloppy Joe? It's an all-American sandwich that you can whip up in 30 minutes flat.
But today we're stepping it up a notch by topping it with crispy bacon, slices of creamy avocado and finishing it off with a fried egg on top. Grown up sloppy Joe sandwiches ... Sloppy Josephs!
My sloppy Joe filling is a recipe I grew up on. It calls for the most basic of pantry ingredients and takes little to no time at all. I always have frozen ground beef in the freezer and the rest of the ingredients in the pantry for those nights when I don't feel like cooking.
Start by heating a Dutch oven with a little bit of bacon fat or olive oil over medium heat.
Throw in one small yellow onion that has been chopped. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent.
Add a pound and a half of ground beef. I use ground chuck, but any ground beef will do.
Cook until browned, and then use a spoon and remove all of the fat to a bowl (discard once it has cooled).
Meanwhile, in a small bowl add the ketchup, water, sugar, mustard, salt, pepper and paprika.
Whisk until the sauce is combined and smooth.
Pour the ketchup mixture into the pot with the browned ground beef.
Bring the meat filling to a simmer, reduce to low, cover and let it cook for 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
While the filling is doing its thing, it's a good time to fry up your eggs, slice up an avocado and cook your bacon.
Build this iconic sandwich by toasting up the sandwich buns. (Be sure to buy a sturdy roll so the filling won't make the bottom bun soggy!)
Top the sloppy Joe filling with two slices of applewood smoked bacon, slices of fresh avocado and a fried egg.