How can you not smile when you think "sloppy joe"? I have many childhood memories of me attempting to eat sloppy joes, and then having a tantrum because the meat would fall out the other end of the bun. But I'd scoop it up and eat it all anyways, since it tasted so darn good! There is something wonderfully fun about getting to eat a burger/sandwich that is messy by design. Even though this is kind of a kid food, I will always love it. This is definitely the BEST sloppy joe recipe out their. My family never bought the canned or packaged stuff again after making this. It's so quick, easy, and simple, yet perfect in every way: Beefy, juicy, ketchupy, slightly sweet, flavorful, and a little bit sticky (by "sticky" I mean it holds together pretty well...it doesn't crumble apart). I love topping mine with sharp cheddar cheese and serving it with a side of corn. Mmm..the perfect meal. And it's also great as a dip! I hope this brings back some childhood memories for you, too.
1 pound lean ground beef
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper (optional)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard
3/4 cup ketchup
3 teaspoons brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.