Sloppy Joes were one of my favorite meals growing up, so I’ve come up with a homemade version, which is just as tasty as the original!
Are there any foods that take you back to your childhood?
For me, it’s a Manwich sandwich! My mom always seemed to have one of those iconic cans in the pantry. I remember often having this meal on a Sunday night, sitting around the television, watching the final round of whatever golf tournament was taking place that week. Today when I make this dish, I often think about those dinners and it puts a little smile on my face 🙂
Although I love quick and easy meals these days, I try my best to make more foods from scratch when possible. I don’t have anything against using pantry items like Manwich to get dinner on the table in a cinch, but I actually really like this version better and it also gets in a few extra fresh veggies!
The sauce can be mixed together in a minute and could easily be made the night before and then stirred into the ground meat, when cooked the next day. It tastes very similar to the canned version with it’s salty-sweet tang and I feel better eating it, since I know exactly what’s in it. Props to The Pioneer Woman, who I adapted this recipe from – Thanks PW!
I hope you give this “copy-cat” Manwich version a try and maybe it’ll become a staple in your dinner rotation, like mine!
- 1 Tbs olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
- ½ yellow onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
- ¾ cup ketchup
- ½ cup water
- 1 Tbs brown sugar
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbs tomato paste (heaping)
- 1 tsp Worcester sauce
- 1 tsp Hot sauce
- salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
- 6 hamburger buns
- Pour oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground chicken (or turkey) and cook, breaking apart, until it's no longer pink. Add the onion, green pepper and garlic. Saute until vegetables get soft, about 5 minutes.
- Add the sauce ingredients: ketchup, water, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard powder, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, worcester and hot sauce. *Note: this sauce could easily be put together the day before and stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container if you want to give yourself a head start on dinner the next day.
- Stir to incorporate the sauce throughout chicken and veggie mixture. Simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste it and add salt and pepper as needed. Put a good heaping on each hamburger bun and it's as easy as that!