Welcome to Simple Fare, Fairly Simple. This is a place for me to post recipes of all kinds...along with other miscellaneous fodder from my so-called life here in the south. Who knows what you will find here. Could be anything from my husband...known as IT Guy...to my kids and beautiful grandbabies that are growing up way too fast right before my eyes. But...mostly this will be a place for food. I hope you'll see something you like and if you decide to try something from the list...leave me a comment and let me know!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Sloppy Joes

Didn't you just love Sloppy Joes when you were a kid? Your mom would fry up some ground beef and then pour in the mysterious contents of "that can"? Mmmmm.....yummy! NOT! Well...Sloppy Joes don't have to be that way anymore! Make your own sauce and you'll be a hero!! After my #1 son ate these, he told me he could eat them 3 times a week. I had some leftover that I wrapped up in a flour tortilla and sent with IT Guy for lunch. He called it a Sloppy Jose. He makes me laugh.

Sloppy Joes

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 green or red bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Flour
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup Coca-Cola or Pepsi or RC Cola
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese – optional
  • Hamburger buns

Saute onion and peppers until tender. Add ground beef and cook until done.

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir well.

Pour sauce over ground beef mixture. Stir then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Serve sloppy Joes on hamburger buns with optional shredded cheese.

Serves 4 - 6

The cast of characters.

Saute the onion and peppers a bit. 
Then add the ground beef and cook until done.

Combine the dry stuff...

..then add the wet stuff.

Stir it up until it's all combined.

Then add the sauce to the meat/onion/pepper mixture.

Let that cook together for a while.

Melt some butter in a skillet and toast the buns a little bit.

Serve 'em up to your hungry crowd!