It's no secret, I love a recipe that truly embraces my homemade in a hurry concept. Sloppy joes are the perfect weeknight dinner, mainly because they are so easy to prepare and taste so good. Not to mention the fact that you can serve just about anything on the side. For this dinner, I made my coleslaw, a super quick and easy side. Potato chips, french fries, beans, even a fruit salad would pair nicely with this. Obviously I make my home made, but there was a time where I bought my sloppy joe sauce in a can. During that time, I tried to come up with a way to make them my own. On a whim, I added a little garam masala. Well, let me just tell you how unbelievably tasty it was. Garam masala is a spice traditionally seen in a lot of Indian dishes, but it happens to pair lovely with the tomato, garlic, and mustard flavors that are present in sloppy joes. Obviously, if you don't have this spice, then you can omit it. But I will say, it is a good one to add to your spice rack if you are looking for a flavorful spice blend. I also add a little carrot to my sloppy joes. I like to sneak veggies in when I can. Here's how I made the rest of it, and I hope you give it a try.
1 pound organic grass-fed ground beef
1 medium organic carrot, peeled and finely cubed
1/2 medium organic yellow onion, diced
3 organic garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp salt, plus more for seasoning, if desired
1/2 tsp pepper
1 cup organic ketchup
1 tsp mustard powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp organic red pepper flakes, crushed
1/4 cup water if needed
Directions: In a skillet that is set over medium heat, add the ground beef, carrot, and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes, breaking the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add the ketchup and the next 4 ingredients (up to the water). Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the water if needed.
Tip: I needed the water as my ground beef is a 93/7, so it is very lean. If you are using a ground beef with a higher fat content, then you might not need the water. Obviously, if there is a lot of fat coming off your ground beef, you may consider draining some away before adding the ketchup and remaining ingredients.