Seriously sloppy joes

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10 min


4 servings

* PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes


  • vegetable oil
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper , chopped
  • 500 g ground beef
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce
  • hamburger buns , optional


  • Lightly coat a large frying pan with oil and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add onion and green pepper. Stir-fry until onion starts to soften, 3 minutes. Crumble in beef. Add garlic and sprinkle with Worcestershire, basil, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Using a fork, stir often to keep meat crumbly until no pink remains, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pasta and barbecue sauces. Stir often until hot, 2 minutes. Spoon over toasted hamburger buns or thick slices of crusty bread.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 313,
  • Protein
  • 24.1 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12 g,
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g,
  • Fibre
  • 2.2 g,
  • Sodium
  • 616 mg.

Growing up, sloppy joes were a favourite for many of us! While the original is still pure joy, try these grown-up versions. We’ve spiffed them up with flavours from Mexico and Asia.


Prepare as above, but stir-fry an 8-oz (227-g) pkg sliced mushrooms until golden around edges, then add onion and green pepper. Omit seasonings and sauces. Stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) each ketchup, hoisin and soy sauces, 1 tsp (5 mL) hot chili-garlic sauce and 2 sliced green onions. Spoon over noodles or rice.

Spicy Mexican

Prepare as above, but in place of seasonings, use 2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin and 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper. Omit sauces, but stir in 2 cups (500 mL) hot or mild chunky salsa. Spoon over nacho chips or rice. Top with sour cream and grated cheddar or Monterey Jack.