My kids are a huge fan of the sloppy joe but I never could find a recipe that I totally liked. It was always too sweet or too bland or just not to my tastes. And it just went against my grain to buy the Sloppy Joe stuff in the can. So in a moment of creativity, I threw all caution to the wind and I experimented to make what suited me more, trying to leave out those things that I thought might add the flavors I didn't care for and then tried to balance those things I thought I would like in a sloppy joe. This is what I came up with.
The browning of the onion and beef to the pan made for a real nice richness that added to the flavor of the spaghetti sauce. But you have to watch it carefully, because you don't want a burnt onion flavor, just nicely browned.
SUE'S SLOPPY JOES
(serves 6 - 8)
-1 large onion, chopped
-1 Tbsp. oil
-1.5 kg (3 lbs) lean ground beef
-salt and pepper to taste
-1 jar 645 ml Paul Newman's Sockarooni Spaghetti Sauce
-1 green pepper, chopped
-1 generous Tbsp. Dijon mustard
-1 - 2 Tbsp. juice from pickled jalapenos
-soft buns of your choice (hamburger, cheese buns, kaisers, or small sub type bun)
Heat oil in 10 inch saute skillet. Add onion and cook over medium heat for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. Add beef, breaking it up and let cook without stirring until the bottom browns. Watch carefully as you want browned and not burnt onion. Season with salt and pepper. Add chopped green pepper. Stir and break up big chunks. Continue to cook until hamburger is cooked all the way through stirring occasionally. Drain well.
Add spaghetti sauce, mustard, and jalapeno juice and mix in. Simmer for 20 - 30 minutes to develop flavors.
Serve on soft buns with your favorite sides.