Football Sunday needs a meal ready to take to the gridiron and go long in the flavor department! Football Sunday’s Sloppy Joe is rushing to amaze your taste buds; it can be made in just half an hour, so it’ll be hot and ready well before kickoff, and wow! This hearty dish is just so tasty! The beefy, tangy, thick sauce is sweet and succulent and wonderfully spiced, perfect for piling on rolls or even scooping up with veggies (it’s like the best dipping sauce)! Football Sunday’s Sloppy Joe is a touchdown of taste!

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more, to taste
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup water, optional
  • 4 hamburger buns, optional, toasted, for serving

Directions

Step 1 –In a bowl, add the Worcestershire sauce, the mustard, the brown sugar, and the tomato sauce and whisk to combine.

Step 2 –Set the sauce mixture aside.

Step 3 –In a large skillet or a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and the ground beef and cook, while crumbling, until the meat is just starting to brown, about 4-5 minutes.

Step 4 –Season the beef with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper.

Step 5 –Add the diced green peppers and the onion to the beef and cook, while stirring, until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes

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Step 6 –Add the minced garlic to the beef mixture and cook, while stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Step 7 –Add the sauce mixture to the beef mixture and bring it to a light boil.

Step 8 –Reduce the heat to low.

Step 9 –Simmer the mixture, uncovered, until it reaches your desired thickness, about 10-15 minutes.

Step 10 –Season the mixture as needed with the extra salt and the extra pepper.

Step 11 –If the sauce is too thin, gradually add the water, until it reaches your desired consistency. You may not need all or any of the water.

Step 12 –Serve the sauce with the buns.