Ironically, the name of this delectable iconic dish calls for a sloppy consistency, but the secret to preparing a perfect and faultless sloppy joe that everyone can enjoy lies in a rich, thick and semi-dry consistency, so that everyone can easily eat it in the form of a sandwich as it is meant to be enjoyed. Serve the prepared filling with hamburger buns and savor every bit.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 55 minutes
Lean ground beef – 1½ pounds
Onion, diced – ½
Garlic, minced – 2 cloves
Green pepper, diced – 1
Worcestershire sauce – 1 dash
Ketchup – ¾ cup
Water – 1 cup
Dijon mustard – 1 teaspoon
Brown sugar – 2 tablespoons
Salt – to taste
Ground black pepper – ½ teaspoon
Cayenne pepper – to taste
Water – 1 cup
Take a large sized skillet and heat it up over medium-high heat. Add the onions and ground beef in the skillet and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to cook the mixture, stirring constantly, till the beef turns brown in colors and gets a crumble like texture. This should ideally take about 10 minutes.
Once the beef and onions are well-cooked, add in the green bell peppers and garlic to the mixture. Continue to stir and cook till the bell peppers are soft and well cooked. This should take about 2-3 minutes.
Add a cup of water to the mixture and stir well, making sure to properly scrape the bottom of the pan in order to dissolve all brown bits of flavor that may be sticking to the bottom of the pan.
Slowly add in the Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, Dijon mustard, brown salt, black pepper and salt to the mixture and mix everything together well. Add another cup of water and allow the mixture to come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer the mixture while stirring occasionally, till almost all the liquid has evaporated and the sauce turns thick. This should take about 40 minutes in all.
Season the prepared mixture with cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper as per your taste and preference.
Fill up any hamburger buns of your choice with the prepared mixture and serve your sloppy joes to your loved ones. They will surely love it!