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This sweet and tangy sauce is a crowd pleaser every time.

sloppy joe

What can I say about the sloppy joe?? As a kid, one of my most favorite lunch meals that my Mom prepared was sloppy joe sandwiches. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the way that my Mom prepared it, but as an adult with kids of my own, I started looking at food labels more closely and realized that some of the ingredients in the “Manwich” sauce are not so good for you.  So, I went to work reinventing the sloppy joe… Ravenous Kitchen style.  The best part about this recipe is that you probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already.

So put on your lunch lady hair net and make it a healthy Manwich night!

Here’s what you’ll need:                                                                                                     ingredients june 11 2013

2 lbs Ground Chuck (or Ground Turkey)

1 28 oz can Tomato Sauce

1  6 oz can Tomato Paste

1 1/2 c Red Bell Pepper

1 1/2 c Yellow Bell Pepper

1 1/2 c Green Bell Pepper

1 1/2 c  Yellow Onion

2 Tablespoons Minced Garlic

4 dashes Soy Sauce

1/2 c Ketchup

1/2  c Chili Sauce

1/4  c Molasses

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/4 c Worchester Sauce

1/4 c Brown Sugar

Salt  & Pepper – To Taste

DIRECTIONS:

Dice red, green and yellow bell peppers into size pieces. chopped veggies

Coat frying pan with 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil and heat on medium heat until shimmering.

Add chopped peppers, onion and garlic and saute for 5 min. ( peppers should still have some crispness)

Add ground beef to pepper mixture, stirring until no pink is found in ground beef.

Remove from heat and drain grease from ground beef mixture.

In a separate bowl, add Tomato Sauce, Tomato Paste, Soy Sauce, Ketchup, Brown Sugar, Molasses, Crushed Red Pepper, Worcester Sauce, and Chili Sauce. Mix ingredients together until thoroughly incorporated.

Pour Tomato mixture into the ground beef mixture and stir. Simmer on med-low heat for 15 min.

Serve on toasted bun.

**Freeze leftover sloppy joes for up to 6 months.

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