It’s officially football season with the start of the NFL this past week and college football last weekend. Whether you are hosting a tailgate, barbecue or just hanging out at home with family watching the game, food is an important part of football season.
One of my favorites is sloppy joe’s. However, I’m not a fan of the traditional ketchup and water flavored sloppy joe’s served by most places and found in just about every 1970’s cookbook. I prefer a bit more flavor and use tomato paste and dijon mustard along with with several spices.
For the meat, I went with J&J Grassfed beef that is sold here in California. They have a vendor at the South Pasadena Farmers’ Market I frequent most weeks. The rest of the vegetables also came from the same Farmers’ Market.
Louisiana Sloppy Joe’sServes 4
1 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium bell pepper, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/4 cups water
6 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon dried oregano1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper to taste
Cook the ground beef, onion, garlic and bell pepper over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes until the meat is cooked. Add everything else besides the water and bay leaf. Stir and cook together for about 2 minutes. Add the water combining everything and then bringing to a gentle boil. Finally add the bay leaf then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes.
Serve with hamburger buns, potato chips and some fruit.
Enjoy the game!
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