Sloppy Joes

American Entree



1 medium onion
2 garlic cloves
1 bell pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/4 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 cups tomato puree
3/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
5 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls

Makes 5 sloppy Joes. Takes 30 minutes


Mince onion, garlic cloves, and bell pepper. Add onion, garlic, and olive oil to large skillet. Sauté for 5 minutes on medium-high heat or until onion softens. Stir frequently. Add ground beef, bell pepper, chili powder, salt, and brown sugar. Reduce heat to medium. Cook until meat for about 4 minutes or until ground beef is no longer pink. Stir occasionally.

Add water, tomato puree, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce. Cook for 5 minutes on medium heat or until sauce starts to thicken. Stir occasionally. While sauce cooks, toast buns. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the meat sauce onto each half of each hamburger bun.


1) Sloppy Joe’s, a popular bar in Havana, Cuba, served the first Sloppy Joe’s. The world is grateful.

2) Columbus, the discoverer of Cuba, did not prove the world was round. We think the people 1492 believed the world was flat because Washington Irving, the author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, said so in a history book. This book, required reading for untold thousands of schoolchildren, warped our view of history for over a century.

3) It is however, undeniably true that no Sloppy Joe’s existed in fifteenth-century Europe. Records have yet to be found to be prove this, but Queen Isabella, yearning for a new quest after the successful conquest of the Moors sent Columbus on a transatlantic voyage to discover the Sloppy Joes. She felt the acquisition of the Sloppy Joe would give Spain such prestige that its empire would never be challenged. But Columbus never discovered the Sloppy Joe despite making three more voyages. That’s why all of Spain’s New World colonies are now all independent.

– Paul De Lancey, The Comic Chef

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