Sloppy Joe

  • Serves

    serves 4


Popular throughout America as an easy way to stretch meat, this sandwich of ground beef and spicy tomato sauce is a classic. This recipe first appeared in our April 2011 special Sandwich Issue with author Daniel Pinkwater's article Say My Name.


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 12 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 14 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Tabasco, to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


Step 1

Heat oil in 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes.

Step 2

Add beef and cook until browned, stirring so that the meat breaks up into small pieces, about 8 minutes.

Step 3

Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire, chili powder, salt, pepper, and Tabasco; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thick, about 10 minutes.

Step 4

Divide between buns and serve.

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