Sweet And Spicey Joes

kids love Sloppy Joes. They love the sweet taste of the sauce in the mixture. Well,  As adults we still love them but sometimes they are just to sweet for our tastes. This recipe you get the best of both worlds. The Slightly sweet taste with the Heat in the background where it is not to overpowering. You still get that Child like quality of the dish that brings you right back to being a child. Serve with some Baked Fries and you have hit a Home run meal that Kids and Adults alike will enjoy. Here is what you need:

1 lb Ground Beef or Turkey

1 Green Bell Pepper

1/2 Red Onion, Diced

2 Cloves of Garlic, Minced

1 C. Crushed Tomatoes

1/4 c. Ketchup

1/4 c. Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Chili Powder

1 Tbsp. Dijon or Spicy Brown Mustard

1/2 Tsp. Red Pepper Flakes

2 Tsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 Tsp. Salt

3/4 Tsp. Pepper


(1.) Heat up a Skillet over Medium Heat. Add in the Beef or Turkey and cook until browned and cooked through. Drain off any of the extra fat.

(2.) Add in the Onion, Garlic and Bell Pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender but not browned. Add the Crushed Tomatoes, Brown sugar, Chili Powder, Mustard, Red Pepper Flakes, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt and Pepper. Stir together to combine well. Turn heat to low and cook for 25 to 30 minutes stirring occasionally to keep from burning on bottom. The  mixture will get thick. When the mixture is to your liking then remove from heat and spoon on to buns and serve as sandwiches or open face sandwiches. Either way it is still good.

This is one Sandwich that is good and messy. Make sure you have extra napkins handy. You can also adjust the heat of the Red Pepper Flakes to your likeness. Add less for mild and more for extra spicy.

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