Sloppy Joes
Recipe from Fine Cooking Books

These Sloppy Joes are everything you could wish for in this crowd-pleasing sandwich--a rich, meaty filling smothered in tangy-sweet, thick tomato sauce that just refuses to stay inside the bun. You definitely need a fork and a few napkins to eat this mouthwatering meal!

Sloppy Joes

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  • 1   pound 
    lean or extra-lean (90% lean or higher) ground beef
  • 1   
    medium onion, diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 4   
    cloves garlic, minced (about 4 tsp.)
  • 1   
    jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1   
    medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1   
    15.5-oz. can small red or pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2  cups 
    no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2   tablespoons 
    tomato paste
  • 1   tablespoon 
    red wine vinegar
  • 1   tablespoon 
    unsulfured molasses
  • 1   tablespoon 
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1   teaspoon 
    dry mustard
  • 3/4  teaspoon 
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8   
    whole-wheat burger buns
Brown the meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the buns, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Place a 12-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.
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