Friday, February 02, 2007

Sloppy Joes

2 pounds ground beef
1 small to medium onion, diced (1 cup onion)
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped in a food processor (or shredded on a box grater)
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 1/2 cups bottled barbecue sauce

Hamburger Rolls for serving

Brown ground beef in a large pot over medium-high heat. Drain any grease. Add onion, bell pepper, and carrots to the pot. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until onions have softened.

Add stewed tomatoes, breaking up the larger pieces of tomato with a wooden spoon. Add barbecue sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Sloppy joe can be served up at this point or simmered gently until needed. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will be. Sloppy joes are actually best made ahead of time and reheated. This also freezes very well for several months, and holds nicely in a crock-pot. Doubles and triples easily as well.

Makes between 12-15 sandwiches.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I made these about 3 months ago and they were great. I froze 2/3's of it since there are only two of us. On Wednesday we thawed some out for a quick meal and they were even better than I remembered. This is now my staple sloppy joe recipe.

-belle

Erika said...

Thanks for the review Belle! You are so right that these freeze really well. In fact, I'd be tempted to make a double batch simply to keep several portions in the freezer for a quick dinner on a busy night.