Saturday, February 1, 2014

Recipe: Easy Gluten Free Sloppy Joes

My son loves Sloppy Joes (what kid doesn't?), but for some reason we don't make them very often. I had originally planned on making some turkey ones, but ground beef was on sale so I went for the original, classic version. These are just as saucy, messy, and delicious as I remember them being when I was young.

This recipe has some vegetables mixed in, to increase the total amount of the recipe, add a bit of texture, and also add some extra nutrients. I used bell peppers and carrots, but celery, parsnip, or any other vegetable that can hold up to the sauce would be perfect. If you're looking for an alternative to chilli on Super Bowl Sunday, these would be a great substitute.

This is a quick shortcut version that takes less than 30 minutes to make. Sweet and tangy, feel free to adjust seasoning to your preference.

Sloppy Joes

(Serves 4)

1 lb ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bell pepper (red, orange, or yellow), cut in bite sized pieces
2 carrots, peeled and cut into bite sized pieces
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup (or to taste) brown sugar
1-2 tsp. cumin (to taste)
2 tsp. gluten free Worcestershire or Soy sauce
Squeeze of mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive oil


1- In a large frying pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium heat. Add onions, peppers, and carrots and cook 1-2 minutes. Add garlic, cook for another minute, then add ground beef.  Cook about 5 minutes, until starting to brown.

2- Add remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Lower heat to medium low, cover and simmer until beef is cooked through, stirring occasionally.

3- Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve on toasted gluten free buns or over rice.

Tip: The ketchup is already sweet, and the Worcestershire or Soy sauce salty, so start with less sugar and salt, and add more if needed at the end.

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