Sloppy Joes Done Right

I’m the self-appointed queen of easy cooking around these parts.

I can fool anyone into believing I’ve toiled in the kitchen for hours preparing something spectacular when in fact, it was super simple. Case in point, this sloppy joe recipe. I took inspiration from The Pioneer Woman’s sloppy joe recipe. I didn’t have all the same ingredients; I just used what I had. Sometimes that’s all you got. #teachersalary ifyouknowwhatImean. Ok. So I generally don’t toot my own horn much, but these sloppy joes were fantastic. Here is my version of Ree’s recipe.

Super Sloppy Joes


1.5 pounds ground beef (I used 80/20)

1/4 cup diced bell peppers (I keep the frozen ones on hand)

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1 tsp each of  black pepper, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, and chili powder

1 tbsp brown sugar

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup spicy yellow mustard


Spices and sauces


In a large skillet, brown the ground beef. Drain if needed. Return to the skillet, add the bell peppers and carrots, and cook until tender. Add all the spices and brown sugar and stir. Add more to taste if needed. Add in the ketchup and mustard and stir. Simmer 10 minutes. Serve on buns.



This recipe is versatile as you can see. I did not have onion to add, and I always play with the spices. So please add or subtract spices as needed. I threw the shredded carrots in because I knew they would soften up and add a slight sweetness. Also, it gives the meal a hidden veggie element. I’m just glad there is enough left over for my lunch tomorrow!!

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