It’s hard to pass up a skillet sloppy Joes, especially when you can make it in about 15 minutes all in one skillet. Somewhere between a burger and meatloaf, this hearty “mess” of lean ground beef along with sweet and savory ingredients like brown sugar, mustard and ketchup makes this serious comfort food. Just perfect for a chilly fall weeknight dinner.
Prep while you cook: Cut down on prep time by chopping veggies and measuring ingredients while browning the ground beef. A bonus: you probably already have most of these kitchen-staple ingredients, making the whole thing from beginning to end super easy.
Keep it lean: Using lean ground beef not only cuts back on unnecessary fat and calories, but also it makes the cooking method simple and streamlined by skipping the step of draining the fat from the meat. Swap beef for ground turkey, chicken even “faux” ground beef such as Gimme Lean or Gardein.
Sloppy Joe special: 1) Add some bacon to that Joe. Microwave a few slices between paper towels, one minute per slice. Crumble and add to the skillet. 2) Slice grape tomatoes in half and stir those in. 3) Shred iceberg lettuce and place on top 4) It’s BLT Sloppy Joes!
- 1-½ pounds lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 large celery stalk, chopped
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1-tablespoon dark brown sugar
- 1-tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1-teaspoon salt or to taste
- Soft hamburger buns (Martin’s potato rolls)
- In a medium/large skillet over medium/high heat, brown the ground beef. While the meat is cooking, chop the onion and celery and measure the other ingredients. Add the veggies into the beef and cook a few minutes to soften. Add the mustard, dark brown sugar, cider vinegar, Worcestershire, ketchup and salt. Turn up the heat and continue to cook until the mixture is bubbling. Serve on soft hamburger buns.