Oh, Sloppy Joes! Saucy, meaty, sweet, and savory. This American classic sure does live up to its name! It's a meal that everyone will approve of, while barely taking any effort to execute. So, grab a plate, a napkin (or ten), and get ready to put together this spectacular dinner!
Brown the beef: Add the butter to a large skillet and melt it over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the ground beef and cook, stirring often and breaking apart as you go, until the beef is fully cooked.
Sauté veg: To the same skillet add the onion and bell pepper. Stir occasionally and cook until the onion is softened and translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
Simmer: Add the rest of the ingredients to the skillet and stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and glossy.
Finish: Spoon over halved buns and serve.
Nutritional information does not include buns.
If you like your sloppy joes runnier, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of beef or chicken broth before simmering it.
Try toasting your buns for a crunchier bun or if you don't like your buns soaking up all the sloppy goodness.
You can also make this in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low.
Let the sloppy joes cool down fully before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the fridge. Leftovers will last 3-4 days.