A while back we started buying cows. Well, chunks of a cow nicely butchered and vaccu-sealed. We’re not big meat eaters, but I wanted to start eating a better quality meat when we did indulge. So we locally sourced some wonderful grass-fed beef and have loved every bite.
The one problem we have is the 30-40# of ground chuck in the order. Again, we’re not big meat eaters so it’s hard to plow through, even over the course of the 12-18 months it takes us to eat a 1/4 of a cow.
Enter the Sloppy Joe.
Hamburger was kind of a way of life for us growing up, and I ate my fair share of tomato-y sweet Sloppy Joes. As a young adult I became vegetarian, and later, I sought more exciting foods than good old American comfort foods. So what some would consider staple of the American home fell to the wayside for me. Yet, as soon as I got pregnant, it was nothing but meatloaf and mashed potatoes. And I once again met with the Sloppy Joe.
I like this version because not only is it super easy, it doesn’t rely on a pre-packaged spice mix. I also add in shredded carrot and chopped spinach when I want a more rounded tasting sandwich. Don’t skip the browning in the first step–I did once and ended up with a gloopy mess, not a nice crumbled meat texture. Serve on toasted buns and enjoy a tastier version of a childhood favorite.
Slow Sloppy Joes
Ingredients: (makes 6 generous sandwiches)
- 1# ground beef
- 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes (fire roasted if you can find them)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce*
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot (optional)
- 1 cup spinach leaves, chopped (optional)
- Sandwich buns for serving
- Heat 1-2 teaspoons of canola oil in a large skillet on medium-high. Add beef and cook, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon until browned, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer the beef to a 5-6 quart slow cooker. Stir in remaining ingredients, except the rolls. Cover and cook 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. Sauce will thicken as it cooks.
- Spoon over buns and enjoy. Don’t forget the napkins.