Sloppy Joe’s


I decided to make something I haven’t made in quite a while and probably only make about once a year. I don’t know why I don’t make sloppy joe’s more often – they are so tasty and are always a hit with my family. It is a simple dinner, not a big production, so perfect for Monday night football.

I sauteed a medium onion in about a tablespoon of olive oil until it was starting to soften and caramelize just a bit. Once the onion was cooked to my liking, I added a red bell pepper that I diced. I then added a couple cloves of minced garlic. After all the vegetables were cooked together (this took about 5 minutes total), I added a pound of 96% lean ground beef. For my seasonings, I added a tablespoon of Italian seasoning, a teaspoon of kosher salt and a half teaspoon of pepper. Next, I added 1/4 cup of light brown sugar and a 15-1/2 ounce can of diced tomatoes with green chiles added. I then added 2 tablespoons of tomato paste, along with 2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce. I added a 1/2 cup of diced carrots and last, but not least, I added a small jar of pimientos. This is something I learned from my mom. A friend of hers had made sloppy joe’s for dinner when my mom was visiting her home. She added a jar of pimientos and my mom said this was so tasty, I’ve done it ever since. It adds a real sweetness to the sloppy joe’s and really intensifies the flavor. This is a great addition!


Of course, I have leftovers, and this will be what Dennis is taking for lunch tomorrow. It’s a win-win. He loved the dinner and he now gets to have a repeat tomorrow for lunch. Plus, his lunch is already made, yippee!


  • 1 pound 96% lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 15-1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 jar pimientos
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • hamburger buns


Add one tablespoon olive oil to a sauté pan. Cook your diced onions for a couple minutes until they start to soften. Add the diced red bell pepper and sautè another couple minutes. Next, add the minced garlic. After the garlic has been cooked together with the onion and pepper for a minute or so, add the ground beef, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, and pepper and cook until browned and crumbly. Once the meat has been cooked through add the brown sugar, can of diced tomatoes, tomato paste, worcestershire sauce, jar of pimientos and diced carrots. Let cook together until sauce has thickened.

Serve on a warm roll. Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris




Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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