Sloppy Joe’s are an All American Classic sandwich full of hamburger, onion, pepper and a tangy sauce.
This recipe certainly takes me back to my childhood, although the recipe my Mom used to make is a bit different than my recipe. I add a bit off BBQ sauce, sweet pickle relish and apple cider vinegar to give the sandwich a unique and delicious tangy flavor.
I use ground chuck to reduce the amount of fat in the sandwich and I add in peppers to incorporate more vegetables. I like to find ways to add more vegetables into my recipes. If you have kids that don’t like to eat their vegetables, this is a good trick to have up your sleeve.
Rather than serving the Sloppy Joe’s on a bun, you can also serve this on top of tortilla chips with cheddar cheese melted on top. All you need to do is preheat your oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with tortilla chips, top the chips with the hot Sloppy Joe mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 7-10 minutes until the cheese is melted.
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 medium sweet pepper, chopped
- 1 ½ lb.s ground chuck
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- ½ cup sweet pickle relish
- 2 – 5 tbsp. apple cider vinegar * See note below
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. yellow mustard
- 1 cup BBQ sauce, **
- In a large sauce pan over medium high heat add the olive oil, onion and pepper. Saute for 5 minutes, remove from the pan and set aside. Add the ground chuck to the pan and season with the salt & pepper. Brown the meat until it’s cooked through, about 8 minutes. Drain the fat from the pan and add the onion mixture back in to the pan and stir to combine, reduce heat to medium.
- While the ground chuck is browning, combine the following in a bowl: relish, vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and BBQ sauce. Stir to combine and add it to the meat mixture. Stir to combine. Cook until heated through, 5-8 minutes. Serve on your favorite bun, I recommend a soft bun.
* Start with 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar, taste the Sloppy Joe's at that time and determine if you would like to add more. ** I prefer Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce because it is a thick BBQ Sauce and works well in this recipe.