Appurtenant to yesterday's blog post, here is how I have made sloppy joes.
This would feed eight people. I made this amount thinking of leftovers.*
2.5-2.75 lb ground round
1 medium onion (about a cup, small or fine dice)
1 yellow or red bell pepper, small or fine dice
15 oz unseasoned tomato sauce (not British tomato sauce, which is just ketchup.)
6 oz tomato paste
1/2 cup warm water
@3 tbs brown sugar
@1 tbs Kirkland Sweet Mesquite seasoning (a similar style of barbecue seasoning would do.)
@1 tbs chili powder.
—Brown meat with onions and peppers. Drain, saving liquid for soup or gravy, if you like.
—Stir in the paste, let it cook for a couple minutes, then use the paste can to add the warm water.
—Stir in the tomato sauce and seasonings. You can try adding less brown sugar; we thought this amount balanced things well in the end.
—Simmer at low heat with a lid on for 10-30 minutes, depending on the time you have.
—Add a little more seasoning after tasting, if you like, and stir well. You might like a little freshly-ground pepper.
—Serve on warmed or toasted buns. I like dill pickle slices on mine.
*Making a half recipe would take 1.3 lbs ground round, 8 oz tomato sauce, half everything else. You can use chuck or sirloin; the moisture content and total volume will be slightly different.