These Sloppy Joes are not your normal Joe. They’re a cool Joe, with lots of flavor and topped with crunchy corn chips.
There are plenty of foods that remind me of my childhood. Some are regional-based and only people from a particular area know what the heck you’re talking about. For example, if you say “hotdish” outside of Minnesota (where I grew up), people look at you like you’re crazy. However, there are other foods everyone eats during their childhood, like Sloppy Joes.
Don’t get me wrong; sometimes box meals are a must. But other times I have more energy and time to put into cooking. So if I am willing to spend a little time in my kitchen gathering ingredients, I will make something more from scratch.
What you need:
- 1 tsp. olive oil
- 4 slices bacon, chopped
- 1 lb. ground beef
- salt and pepper
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 jalapeño, seeded and diced (omit if spicy isn’t your thing)
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce
- 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. hot sauce (use a few dashes for more sensitive pallets)
- 4 hamburger buns, toasted, if desired
- pickled jalapeños, for serving, if desired
- Fritos, for serving
- Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add bacon and cook until crisp, stirring often. Remove with a slotted spoon to drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
- Reserve 2 tsp. bacon grease in skillet and discard the rest (or save in a mason jar for later use!).
- Add ground beef to skillet and crumble and cook until browned. Drain, if needed.
- Then add onion, jalapeño, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and coriander. Cook for about 5 minutes or until vegetables have softened.
- Finally, add bacon, beef broth, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, cider vinegar, and hot sauce.
- Once bubbling, cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Stir to prevent burning.
- Serve on toasted buns topped with pickled jalapeños (if desired) and Fritos.
Recipe adapted from Fake Ginger.