Grown-Up Sloppy Joes
Although these delightfully messy sandwiches are traditionally made with beef, ground turkey can be substituted for a lighter version.
Serves: 6Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 45 minutesDifficulty: Easy
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1½ tsp. kosher salt, divided
- 1¼ tsp. black pepper, divided
- 2 tsp. cornstarch
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup beef broth
- 3½ Tbsp. olive oil, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- ½ cup chopped onion
- 1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- ½ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 6 hamburger buns, lightly toasted
- In a large bowl, combine the ground beef with ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon pepper, and cornstarch. Let the ground beef stand for 15 minutes.
- In a small bowl, combine the water with the beef broth. Set aside.
- Heat a wok or skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 tablespoons oil. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef. Stir-fry the meat, stirring and moving it around the pan with a spatula for 3 minutes or until it is no longer pink and is nearly cooked through. Remove the meat and discard the liquids. Clean out the pan.
- Heat remaining oil in the wok and add the crushed garlic. Stir-fry for 10 seconds, then add the onion. Stir-fry the onion for 2 minutes or until it begins to soften. Add the bell pepper. Stir-fry for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the broth mixture, tomato sauce, and red pepper flakes. Stir in the cumin, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil.
- Stir in the cooked beef. Stir-fry for 2-3 more minutes to combine all the ingredients and make sure the ground beef is cooked through. Season the mixture with remaining salt and pepper.
- Divide the filling among the hamburger buns and serve hot.