Twenty-first new recipe

Who doesn’t love sloppy joes? When I was a kid a can of Manwich sloppy joe sauce and a pound of ground beef could be put together for a quick and easy dinner. However, now that I’m an old married woman I figure it couldn’t be too difficult to make sloppy joes from scratch. Well, kinda from scratch. I started with this recipe from Indigo’s Sugar Spectrum because it looked simple and I already had most of the ingredients in my kitchen. In fact, I only had to buy some ground beef and onion rolls, which made for a cheap weeknight dinner for Dan and me. I can’t speak for Dan because he didn’t tell me if he liked these, but I am a big fan of the sloppy joes I made tonight. The brown sugar made them a little sweet, but for something that went from ingredients to table in about thirty minutes I thought they were excellent. Dan did eat all of the leftover filling with some tortilla chips so maybe he did approve, even if he didn’t come right out and say so. I think this is a great recipe that is easily customizable for your tastes. I have a feeling I’ll be making these again.

1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 c chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp garlic powder
2 Tbsp prepared yellow mustard
1 c ketchup
1 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1 tsp cider vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and garlic; drain off liquids. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and vinegar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes to allow flavors to mingle. Season with salt and pepper. Place meat on your favorite bread – I used onion rolls. Enjoy!

Based on Indigo’s Sugar Spectrum’s Sweet Sloppy Joes.