Sloppy Joe recipe
A Sloppy Joe is an American dish of ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. Contradictory lore suggests that the Original Sloppy Joe Sandwich was invented at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Florida, or by a cook named Joe at a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa, as a variation of the popular "loose meat" sandwich (which does not contain tomato sauce).
Sloppy joes can also referred to as:
- Yip Yips in Southern Illinois near St Louis.
- Yum Yums in parts of the Midwest USA, particularly in Nebraska
- Wimpies in parts of the Northeast USA, especially Northeastern Pennsylvania
- Slushburgers in parts of the Upper Midwest, particularly in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota
- Barbecues in other areas of the Upper Midwest, and also in some parts of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
- Taverns in parts of northwest Iowa and Minnesota.
- Sloppy Janes in parts of central Minnesota.
- Steamers in parts of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
- Gulash (not to be confused with Goulash) in parts of the Upper Midwest.
- Dynamites in northern Rhode Island.
- Manwich in parts of Northern New Jersey, after the popular name brand sauce, as a distinction from the local variant also known as a "sloppy joe".
- 1 tablespoon olive oil for frying
- 450 g (1 lb) minced beef
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 small sweet pepper, chopped
- 4 tablespoon tomato purée
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 142 ml (¼ pint) water
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon chilli powder
- ½ teaspoon paprika powder
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon ground cumin
- ½ teaspoon cider vinegar
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 4 bread rolls, halved
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok to medium/high and brown the minced beef for 5 minutes.
- Lower the heat to medium, add the peppers, onions and garlic and stir-fry for a further 5 minutes. Drain any excess fat at this stage.
- Mix the remaining ingredients with the water and add to the pan.
- Cook for 10 minutes or until thickened enough to just about hold together.
- Spoon on to lightly toasted bread rolls
Serve on their own or with one or two of the following: