All American Sloppy Joes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
The sloppy joe, or a version of it, has been around the U.S. for quite a while. How did this sandwich get started? As ground beef gained popularity in the 19th century, it became renowned as a nourishing and economical food option: it delivered lots of protein for your money. Fillers (like bread crumbs, ketchup, tomato paste, cheese, etc.) were often added to stretch it. Sloppy joes are popular for dinner and for school cafeteria lunches. It's a great option for feeding a crowd. (source: Submitted by: "The Strozeski Family"