-when you want something quick and tastes good, nothin’ beats a hearty Sloppy Jo. Here I attempt to match the flavor of the original (and the best!) from Sloppy Joe’s at the corner of Duval & Green Streets in Key West.
1 pound ground chuck
Garlic & onion
(fresh minced or powder,
Some Carrots & Jalapeno slices from a bottle if La Preferida Jalapeno Nacho Slices, diced (& don’t omit the carrots, they add to the taste as well as the color)
2 green peppers, diced
1 large bottle ketchup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Salt & black pepper, to taste
8 burger buns
Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, carrots/jalapeño and green peppers and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.
Note: thicken with a little Wondra flour, if desired