Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joes
This was one of the first meals I ever made, back when Bear and I were brand newly married and we had no idea how to make our eating habits gel. He ate like a Western teenage boy – loads of meat and potatoes and junk food – and I wasn’t really eating much at all. I was coming off of being so poor for so long that anything that wasn’t a can of beans was luxury to me. I was desperate for something to eat that wasn’t yet. another. hamburger. and that’s all Bear wanted to eat. So this recipe was the first time I ever got him to try something new, and it was his first time to step, however tiny that step might have been, away from the safety of McDonald’s.

Sloppy Joe’s
2 lb ground beef
1 onion
1 green pepper
30 oz can tomato sauce
15 oz can diced tomato
6 oz can tomato paste
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 tsp salt

Brown the ground beef. Dice up the onion and green pepper and cook in the fat at a low heat until translucent. Drain off any extra fat. Combine all the ingredients and let simmer for 45 minutes. Serve on a good roll with extra napkins.

Luckily Bear’s palette has gotten a bit broader over the course of our marriage and I’m no longer wondering how I can put ground beef in every meal. Instead I can make this when I have meat left over from a barbecue or when I’m just looking for a homey simple supper.