Sloppy Joes are always a huge favorite for large gatherings. They are easy to make, and you can whip up a bunch in no time flat! Here's a recipe that's just as easy, just as fast, AND it's gluten free!
Yes, that is actually a bun! So you can have your Sloppy Joe and a bun, too! I buy Udi's brand because it is not only tasty, but the buns themselves hold up well to a wet sandwich, like a Sloppy Joe, or a cheeseburger fresh from the grill, or tuna salad - you get the picture. They come in 4 packs, which is also very convenient for our family of 4.
So on to the recipe!
SPH Easy Gluten Free Sloppy Joes
2 pounds lean ground beef
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
2 medium bell peppers, diced very fine
1 12-oz. bottle Annie's Naturals Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Sauce
1/2 cup Organicville ketchup
1/2 cup Pacific Organic Beef Broth
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle in a tablespoon or two of olive oil. Add ground beef, and break it up with a spoon. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to brown and stir. When beef is almost completely browned, drain all but a tablespoon or two of the grease/oil from the pan, and add garlic, onion, and bell pepper. Stir for a few minutes, til the peppers become a brilliant green color. Add the barbecue sauce and ketchup. Pour the beef broth into the barbecue sauce bottle (use a funnel), swirl around to get all the savory goodness loosened from the inside of the bottle, then pour into the pan. Add the mustard and stir. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 30 minutes. Or, pour the contents into a crock pot and let them cook on low for a few hours. Serve hot.
No minced garlic or dried minced onion? No problem! You can use either fresh or dried for both of these ingredients. I made this recipe with what I had on hand. Want more kick? Add some diced fresh jalapeno pepper.
So another great thing about Sloppy Joes is that the recipe is easily doubled or tripled or then-some. If you are hosting a graduation party or other large family gathering, you can upsize as needed. Again, the crock pot will be a big help here, keeping everything cooking and hot while you tie up all those last minute loose ends.
Have a great weekend, and enjoy!