Not the canned Manwich mix because that was a little too fancy for our household. My mom used some sort of packet seasoning and the addition of tomato sauce.
I wasn’t really a fan of it but I ate it.
I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had a Sloppy Joe or was even interested in eating one. But last week I craved that tangy and slightly spicy tomato sauce that goes with Sloppy Joes.
So what the heck, I decided to create a Sloppy Joe dish that also has veggies and served it over rice. Filling and perfect for getting snug on the couch and watching a little hockey.
Andrea’s Sloppy Joe Bowls
For The Rice:
- 1C Long Grain or Jasmine Rice
- 2C Water
Bring water to a boil and add the rice. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes or until rice has absorbed all the water. Remove from heat and cover.
For The Sloppy Joes:
- 1lb Ground Pork (or any ground meat of your choosing)
- 1-2 Large Carrots, shredded
- 1 Large Red or Green Pepper, diced
- 1 Yellow Squash, diced
- 1/2 Medium Onion, diced
- 2C Frozen Chopped Greens
- 2 8oz Cans of Tomato Sauce
- 1 14.5oz Can of Diced Tomatoes (do not drain)
- 5TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
- 1TBSP Cane Sugar
- 4tsp Ground Chili Powder
- 3tsp Garlic Powder
- 1/2tsp Kosher Salt
- 1tsp Ground Black Pepper
- Big Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2TBSP Olive Oil for cooking
In a large skillet (preferably cast iron if you have it), heat the oil up over medium heat. Add in the ground pork and cook through. Remove pork from the skillet and set aside.
Add in the carrot, pepper, squash, and onion. Cook until everything starts to soften up, about 5-7 minutes. Add the pork back in along with the frozen greens. Add the seasonings and gently combine everything. Add in the tomato sauce along with the diced tomatoes and combine. Then add in the apple cider vinegar, the Worcestershire sauce, and the sugar. Stir everything together and allow to simmer for about 20-30 minutes.
Once the mixture has thickened up, remove from heat and serve over rice.
Tangy, slightly sweet, and a little bit of heat brought this dish together. The addition of veggies provides some heft to the dish. We had it over rice and the next night we had it over cheddar grits.
This could be served over baked potatoes or even stuffed in some taco shells.
You could also sub in lentils if you didn’t want to do a ground meat. About 3-4C of cooked lentils should do the trick.
This makes a good size portion of Sloppy Joes. Enough for us to each have two meals and then some leftover for freezing.
When was the last time you had a Sloppy Joe?
Have fun guys, and remember, always play with your food! Enjoy!