Friday, April 30, 2010
We grew up with just my dad. He didn't cook. He did good for having 3 kids but we did eat a lot of frozen TV dinners, pot pies and hamburger helper. A lot.
One of the homemade meals we ate were sloppy joes. I remember it just being ground beef, tomato soup and maybe some mustard or a dash of bbq sauce. They couldn't have been that bad because we did eat them often.
These are way better.
I have since made sloppy joes many different ways. This recipe is one of my favorites. So is this recipe. I usually use ground turkey but I bought a 3 lb. ground beef chunk on sale and used that instead.
This recipe makes a lot so I ate it for lunches for a couple of days. So not an issue since they were fantastic.
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
3 lbs. ground chuck, 80% (or sub ground turkey)
1 large onion, diced
1 red pepper, diced (you can use any color)
5 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed
1 1/2 cups ketchup
3/4 cup water
2 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dry mustard
3/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1/4 tsp. hot sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
Add ground beef (or turkey) to large pan and cook until brown. Drain fat. Add onions, peppers and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until veggies start to get soft. Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add tomato paste, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I made these pretty mild but go ahead and add some more seasonings and spice if you want!
Total calories with lean ground turkey = 2695 calories
I didn't count how many portions were in this. I will next time I make them. I am guessing this made about 15 sandwiches for about 179 calories + a 100 calorie Arnold Selects Sandwich Thin = about 279 calories. I often estimate these sort of sandwiches at about 300 calories a piece, if they are packed with veggies they often come in at less.