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Shortcut Sloppy Joes

Serves 4
Time 20 min
At the end of a long day, comfort food feels spot on for kids and adults alike – bonus points for having dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. This easy version of classic sloppy Joes, which uses prepared pasta sauce as a flavoring shortcut, is full of lean ground beef and savory onions.
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups prepared pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns toasted
Method

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through, about 7 minutes.  

Add pasta sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, lower the heat to low and cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Spoon beef mixture onto hamburger buns and serve.

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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 1/4 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 cups prepared pasta sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns toasted