Sloppy Joes

You may think of Sloppy Joes as lowbrow cafeteria food, but they’re still delicious. To make these satisfying hot sandwiches, cook bell pepper, onion, and garlic along with tomato and ground meat. Add a few seasonings along with Worcestershire and tomato sauce, and let this simmer on low in your crockpot until the flavors concentrate into a sweet, tangy mixture. Pile a generous helping on a toasted Hawaiian roll and don’t forget to tuck a napkin under your chin.

Game plan: The flavors continue to develop as the Sloppy Joe mixture sits, so you can make this recipe up to 2 days in advance and refrigerate it in a container with a tightfitting lid, or freeze it for up to 1 month.


1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef (I use a mix of turkey and beef)

1/2 medium onion, finely chopped