Sloppy Joes, the much more fun (and much more messy) cousin to the hamburger comes together in four easy steps thanks to this recipe from food blogger, Pam of For the Love of Cooking. Given its namesake this dish is meant to be eaten sloppily so be sure to have napkins and wipes on-hand—you’ll need them!

sloppy joe

Ingredients:
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
1 1/2 lbs of lean ground beef (recommended: 96/4)
1/4 orange bell pepper, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp dried mustard
1/2 tsp paprika
1 c of ketchup
1 tsp brown sugar
2 tbsp water
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook for 3-4 minutes, making sure to break it up into crumbles.

2. Add the onion, celery, garlic and bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft.

3. Drain any grease then add ketchup, brown sugar and water.

4. Stir and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy.

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This is a guest post from our friend Pam at For the Love of Cooking. Be sure to visit her blog for more wonderful food news and family-friendly recipes!

photo courtesy of whitneyinchicago