1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped bell pepper
1 2/3 cup crushed tomatoes (puree)
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 Tablespoon vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Brown meat and drain. Saute onion and pepper together until soft. Combine all ingredients together and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Feel free to make your own substitutions. I just tried zucchini in place of the bell pepper that I didn’t have and it turned out really good. In fact, next time I’ll do it again only increase it to half a cup or more. Celery is also good and I use that when I have it on hand. I’ve found that the more veggies I put in, the better the texture. The small chunks of veggies help to break up the monotony of the ground beef.
To put our sloppy joes together, I toast hamburger buns under the broiler with some cheese on one half of each pair to melt. I usually use cheddar for the munchkins and pepper jack for Hubby and I. If you like a little kick but others in your family don’t, I highly recommend the pepper jack. Once that’s done, I place some leaf lettuce on the non-cheese side and pile on the sloppy joes meat.
For a “classier” look (if it’s possible for sloppy joes to ever be classy), I leave the sandwhich open and let everyone close up their own sandwiches. It fills up more of the plate when you serve it then also.