For some reason, about once a year, I start to crave sloppy joes, for a reason I cannot explain. Because I am now an adult (and a blogger!) I do not feel like it is appropriate for me to eat manwich any more. However, if I buy a silly amount of ingredients to make one sloppy joe, that is totally appropriate (right!?)
First, I want to link to the most famous moment in the history of sloppy joes: it is, of course, Ashley Olsen devouring a “big, gooey, messy burger” in It Takes Two.
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 pound ground sirloin
Salt and pepper
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1-2 teaspoons crushed red-pepper flakes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire, Dijon, red pepper flakes and 1/4 cup water.
Heat vegetable oil and add chopped onion, letting the onions sweat for about five minutes. Add chili powder and cook until fragrant. Add ground beef and cook for about five minutes, until browned. Season beef with salt and pepper. Once beef is browned, add sauce mixture and bring to boil, stirring in beef. Bring total mixture to a low boil and let sauce thicken for between 10 and 15 minutes.
Serve with sliced avocado on a roll, and you are good to go for a throwback kind of meal. I have also seen recipes where people topped this off with a fried egg, which sounds also delicious, but more ambitious than I was up for this particular evening.