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.