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Sloppy Joe Hoagies

I didn’t know what I wanted to fix for supper tonight until I watched Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman.  Don’t you just love her?  I do!  She made sloppy joes.  I have been meaning to make them for a while now and tonight seemed like a great time!  

These are super simple and easy to make.  If you make your’s like your Mama did, they probably taste about the same.  This is a basic recipe.  Feel free to grate or dice other veggies in also.  I was going to add a tomato that looked lonely on my counter but forgot about it while I was getting out some fall decorations.  It’s a great way to sneak them in without being caught.  I put the sloppy joe mixture in a hoagie roll, it was actually a potato roll because that is what I had,  so it would be easier for my boys to eat.   Most of it actually made it to their hungry little mouths instead of on the plate. 

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Sloppy Joe Hoagies

  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs ground sirloin or turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper or to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 each, red and green bell peppers, diced
  • 1/3 to 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup water
  • potato rolls, small sub rolls or hot dog buns 

Brown hamburger meat.  Drain if there is a lot of grease.  I usually put the meat in a colander that is placed on top of a bowl and spray hot water over it to rinse the grease off.  Discard the greasy water but not in the sink.  

Spray pan if needed and add meat back to pan.

Stir in peppers, onions, minced garlic, salt and pepper.

Cook for 5 minutes.

If you are in a hurry skip this and just put

everything together and proceed to cook as below. 

Add ketchup, mustard and water.  Stir well.

Cook on medium, adding more water if needed, for 10 minutes or so.

Taste and adjust salt, pepper, ketchup or mustard if desired.  I usually add something towards the end while I am cooking but didn’t need to this time.

You can eat now or turn down to simmer for another 15-20 minutes while you go to the storage building for another container of fall decorations, like I did.