My husband was the one who introduced me to a love of sloppy joes. When we were first dating, he would cook me up his version of sloppy joes, and nothing would taste better after a long day at the hospital or an overnight shift. There’s just something about it that is so satisfying and comforting. Plus, you can’t beat food that your boyfriend cooks for you, right? 🙂 This is the kind of meal where people feel like they are loved when they eat it…do you know what I mean? I feel the same way when my mom makes the Japanese foods I grew up with…instantly comforted and loved!
I wanted to create a homemade version of sloppy joes that didn’t rely on the powdered stuff in the packet. Actually, when I told Patrick that I made homemade sloppy joes, his response was, “you mean you didn’t use the packet?” 🙂 It was surprisingly quick and easy…definitely a meal you could put together on a weeknight. I loved how all the flavors came together! Savory from the ketchup, mustard, and chili powder, sweet from the brown sugar, and that little extra something from my secret ingredients…soy sauce and sriracha!
You’ll need to brown your ground beef or ground turkey in a saute pan, then drain out the oil. Add your diced onions and garlic and saute until soft. Then add in the ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, soy sauce and water. Stir to combine, and then simmer for 15 minutes so all the ingredients can meld together. Then add in sriracha or hot sauce and salt and pepper to taste. The kitchen will smell wonderful as the sauce is simmering down and the flavors get concentrated! We ate this up in no time 🙂
Homemade Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Pioneer Woman
1 1/4 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup ketchup
1 T brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp dry mustard or 1 regular prepared mustard
1 cup water
1/2 tsp soy sauce
Dash of sriracha or other hot sauce, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 hamburger buns, toasted
Saute your ground beef or ground turkey over medium heat until browned. Drain off the oil. Add in diced onion and garlic, and saute until the onions are softened. Add in ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, soy sauce and water. Mix to combine. Simmer over medium low heat for 15 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Season with sriracha and salt/pepper to taste. Serve over toasted buns and sprinkle with cheese if desired!
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