We wanted to revamp the classic sloppy joe recipe to be a little less sweet and have a more balanced flavor.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted to develop a recipe for Sloppy Joes with a more balanced, less sweet flavor. Cooking the ground beef until just pink—not browned—before adding the sauce ensures the meat stays tender. Combining tomato puree and ketchup yields a sufficiently sweet, rich tomato base. Flavoring the filling with garlic, chili powder, and hot pepper sauce gives the Sloppy Joes some heat to balance the sweetness.