Ok - you might have to think hard for this one (at least I did). When is the last time you had a sloppy joe?
I'm not really sure where the "joe" part of the name came from, but I definitely know where the "sloppy" part came from. But eating sloppy food is fun. Annnnd delicious.
A couple friends were coming over for dinner, and one of them has a lactose issue (love you, Ger!) and I have actually been really surprised at how many of the recipes in my arsenal are not lactose-intolerant friendly. What can I say, I guess I just love dairy.
So we landed on sloppy joes! Delish and dairy-free. I have had multiple people tell me that Rachael Ray's sloppy joe recipe is ridiculously good so we gave it a try. Verdict: they were not wrong. But you know what made it even better? Adding in a little cayenne pepper. BOOM! I would recommend starting with about half a teaspoon, you can always add more to your liking.
This recipe came together really quickly and it's a one pot meal...which means less dishes! Yay!
You may be wondering what those little red blobs on the right are. It's tomato paste! You know how a lot of recipes call for maybe two tablespoons of tomato paste? And even though it comes in a tiny can, you still have most of it left after you used what you needed? Well I like to lay out a piece of plastic wrap, portion the rest of the can out into one tablespoon scoops, cover it in another piece of plastic wrap and freeze it. Then, when I need a couple tablespoons for a recipe - it's all portioned out and ready to go!
Brown your meat in a pot on the stove with the brown sugar and spices.
Add in your diced onion, red bell pepper, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce and cook for about 5 more minutes.
Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste, stir to combine and cook about 5 more minutes.
Pile it onto a toasted bun, and serve it with your favorite sides. We went with coleslaw and kettle chips.
Get ready to get REALLY messy...yummy noises await you!
For the full recipe, check out FoodNetwork.com. To punch up the flavor even more, I add 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper in with the spices.