Homemade Sloppy Joes

Posted by Lindsey On 2:06 PM

Hello all, Ben here.

With Lindsey starting her new job, I'm going to be taking a bit more of a role in our kitchen. Every so often, I'm going to contribute to the blog as well. Today is one of those days.

Lindsey and I spent the better part of 3 days trying to figure out what to make with that Kobe beef we received from Marx Foods, and we decided that the first dish we were going to make was homemade sloppy joes. At first I was hesitant to use such a high grade of beef in such a common dish, but it ended up being so delicious that I can't recommend it enough.

Lindsey is the kind of chef who loves herbs and spices to change the flavor of dishes, but I love the natural flavor of meat, especially beef. I want those natural flavors and textures to be present in the dish, and this definitely hit the mark.

To add a little bit of variety, we made our sloppy joes with whole wheat pita pockets with sweet potato fries. Less sloppy, more joe. This was a phenomenal dinner, and we used about 2lbs of Kobe beef for it. We're still eating leftovers 3 days later and it's just as good every day after.

Homemade Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Pinot and Pineapple


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 medium red bell pepper, diced small
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 pounds extra-lean ground beef (or Kobe if you have it)
1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup Barbecue Sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
Pita Bread


In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Saute onion and peppers until tender, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and saute 1 minute more.

Add ground beef to vegetables and cook until beef is completely browned, breaking up any large chunks. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Stir until well combined and simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes.

Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve on pita bread.

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