Homemade Sloppy Joes
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- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 lb. ground beef, 85% lean
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 8 oz. can tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
- 2 Tablespoons ketchup
- 1 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons hot sauce, optional*
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 4 Hamburger buns, toasted
Add the oil to a large nonstick skillet over high heat.
Add the beef but don’t break it apart yet. Allow a dark brown crust to develop on the bottom of the meat, about 4 minutes. This gives it a hamburger-like texture.
Flip the beef and allow a crust to develop on the reverse side.
Once browned, reduce heat to medium-high.
Add the onions and break the beef apart. Allow the beef to finish cooking through. Drain any excess grease if necessary.
Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
Add all remaining ingredients and stir until heated through and thickened slightly. Don’t let the sauce reduce too much, especially if you’re going to reheat leftovers.
Serving suggestion: Spread butter over the top and bottom of your burger buns and toast them on a griddle or large skillet prior to serving. This adds nice flavor/texture and prevents the buns from becoming soggy.
Serve on buns and top with cheese if desired. Serve with potato wedges.
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