Super Sloppy Joes
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A spin on the traditional all American sandwich, flavored with ancho chili powder, honey, and vegetables.
Recipe type: Main Dish, Beef, Quick Meals
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
  • 2 pounds of ground beef, 85/15 or whatever you prefer
  • 1 medium onion, chopped or diced
  • ½ cup celery, diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced (Optional)
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1½ cups ketchup
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard or yellow mustard powder
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 Tablespoons molasses
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
  1. Brown ground beef and drain. Return to pan.
  2. Add onion, garlic, green pepper, celery, and jalapeno (if using) to the beef, and cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft - 3-5 minutes.
  3. Over medium heat, add ancho chili powder and paprika to the beef/vegetable mixture. Stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. Add ketchup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and water. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Add the mustard, cider vinegar, brown sugar, honey, and molasses. Stir to combine and cook over medium heat until the mixture begins to bubble.
  6. Cover the pan and continue cooking for an additional 15 minutes, until the sauce is slightly thickened. Stir the Sloppy Joes once or twice to make sure the mixture isn't sticking to the bottom of the pan.
  7. Serve on toasted buns or Kaiser rolls with your favorite sides: macaroni salad, coleslaw, chips, sweet pickles.
Recipe by At Mimi's Table at