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 Josés 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 beef and black bean filling with garlic, chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, chipotle chiles, and hot pepper sauce gives the Sloppy Josés heat to balance their sweetness while imparting a Tex-Mex flavor.