Sloppy Joe’s for 2

You don’t have to buy the stuff in a can, it’s easy to make and one of my favorites. When I was a child my mom made the best sloppy joes and we would top it with american cheese and cole slaw.

I decided to try my own small version following Ree Drumonds original version. I will round the measurements off best I can because I didn’t really measure.


  • 1 lb ground chuck (USDA Choice preferred)
  • 1/4 onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 poblano pepper or bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • A shot of hot sauce and worcestershire


Brown the hamburger and remove, drain fat. Add chopped onion and pepper to pan and lightly brown they will help pick up the bits. Add the minced garlic and simmer for about 30 seconds then add water, hamburger, ketchup and spices. Add more water or ketchup as needed.

Let simmer for about 20 minutes taste and rebalance for salt/sweet. Serve on toasted buns and top with cheese and cole slaw if you have it. I used my BBQ slaw recipe but substituted red cabbage instead of green.

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