I found this recipe online one night when I promised the kids Sloppy Joes and then realized that I didn’t have any of the canned sauce mix in the house. I had been wanting to find a homemade alternative to the canned stuff, anyway, because it has high fructose corn syrup in it. If you’re going to make your own, be sure that the ketchup you use doesn’t have corn syrup in it – otherwise, why bother – you might as well just use the canned stuff.
This recipe is really easy and is made from ingredients that I usually have on hand, anyway. I did ad a can of beans (drained and rinsed), to add a little more fiber and nutrition. I also used some chopped fresh red bell pepper, because I didn’t have any green pepper around. I also used fresh onion and garlic (saute it with the meat), because it’s BETTER. We like to make little mini-sandwiches, using dinner rolls. We liked this a lot and were surprised at how much it tastes like the kid-friendly original!