Sloppy Joe 

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Sloppy Joes, a childhood classic.  I think there is not a child in America who hasn't eaten one before. I know my brother and I ate our share growing up... But it was the stuff out the can! 
 My kids love them, I still love them, especially because they are so easy to get on the table, even when you can make them from scratch.  


  • 2-2.5 lbs ground beef 
  • 1 small onion diced 
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced 
  • 3 tsp chili powder 
  • 1 tsp garlic powder 
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar 
  • 1 tsp dry mustard 
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 
  • 1/2 tsp salt 
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce 
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste 
  • 1/2 tsp tabasco (more to taste) 
  • 2 cups ketchup 
  • 1 cup water 


  • Brown ground meat 
  • Add onions and bell pepper while browning 
  • Add all the seasonings
  • Add the ketchup, water, Worcestershire and tomato paste 
  • Cook down for a few minutes and adjust any seasonings to taste 
  • Serve on a toasted bun!