I hope you like your Sloppy Joes good and sloppy! That's clearly what makes the classic sandwich so much fun to eat! No judging, no teasing, just lots of napkins!
Why are these Sloppy Joes the "best ever"? The balance of seasonings. I like to partner chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion, and garlic with tomato sauce, ketchup and Dijon mustard.
As the mixture simmers, the warm seasonings marry the pungent ones, balancing each other and deepening overall flavor. And all this happens in less than 20 minutes.
Want to prep ahead? Great! This is a very prep-ahead friendly dish (and the flavors evolve over time so leftovers are awesome too). You can prepare the beef mixture up to 2 days in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat, adding a little more tomato sauce or water if necessary to thin out the mixture.
So why add corn? For sweetness and texture – each bite delivers a little surprise.
Want to substitute poultry for beef? No problem. Substitute an equal amount of lean ground turkey or ground chicken for the beef.
Best Sloppy Joes Eve
Step 1. Cook the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks. When the meat is browned all over, add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.
Stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.
Step 2. Add the tomato sauce, ketchup and mustard and bring to a simmer.
Step 3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, adding more tomato sauce if your mixture seems too thick.
Step 4. Stir in the corn.
Step 5. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to heat the corn.
Step 6. Spoon the mixture onto the rolls and serve.