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Easy Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes are often the target of sandwich snobbery€people just don't believe they're in the same class as clubs, Reubens, or even hamburgers. Which is a shame, because these hot, messy sandwiches are delicious. Sloppy Joes may be known as lowbrow cafeteria food, but they’re still delicious. To make these satisfying hot sandwiches, cook bell peppers, onions, and garlic until softened; add tomato paste; and then brown ground beef or turkey in the same pot. Add a few seasonings along with Worcestershire and tomato sauce, and simmer until the flavors concentrate into a sweet, tangy mixture. Pile a generous helping on a toasted bun, top with our Cabbage and Carrot Herbed Slaw, and don’t forget to tuck a napkin under your chin.

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Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Ready In: 1 hour

2 tbsp olive oil
2 red bell peppers, seeded and cut into small dice
2 medium yellow onions, small dice
4 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 pounds lean ground beef or ground turkey
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp kosher salt, plus more as needed
2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp cider vinegar
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp packed dark brown sugar
6 to 8 hamburger buns, split and toasted

1. Heat the oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add the peppers, onion, and garlic, season with salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables have softened, about 6 minutes.

2. Add the tomato paste, stir to combine, and cook until the raw flavor has cooked out, about 1 minute.

3. Increase the heat to medium high, add the ground beef or turkey, and cook, breaking the meat into smaller pieces with a wooden spoon, until it’s just cooked through and no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

4. Add the chili powder, cumin, and measured salt, stir to coat the meat and vegetables, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

5. Add the tomato sauce, water, vinegar, Worcestershire, and brown sugar, stir to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld and the mixture thickens, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Easy Sloppy Joes
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