I had never made SLOPPY JOES from SCRATCH UNTIL TODAYS DINNER. As a kid I had never had them because my Mama never made them, so it never occurred to me that I could create my own totally from scratch without the help of the canned stuff.This homemade version is much better. The original recipe for this came from the HEINZ KETCHUP BOTTLE, as I was about to throw it away. I knew it would be good because HEINZ IS MY FAVORITE KETCHUP, I ALWAYS USE IT. MY VERSION IS A DOUBLE RECIPE, BECAUSE I SHARED W/MY NEIGHBORS.
It is thick & rich. I added a few additional ingredients & it was so tasty.
1I doubled this recipe, and the directions stated you should get 8 sandwiches from 1 pound of ground beef, NOT IN MY HOUSE. I USED 93% LEAN GROUND TURKEY INSTEAD OF GROUND BEEF. I used 2 1/2 pounds. THIS IS MY VERSION OF THE RECIPE FOUND ON THE HEINZ BOTTLE. From now own I will be looking for the recipes on the back of the Ketchup bottles. This one was awesome.
2Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat, Add the chopped onions and peppers and sauté about 5 minutes.
3Then add the Ground Turkey, & cook until it is browned and no pink remains. Drain any excess liquid through a strainer or colander. Then add the meat back into the pan.
4Measure catsup into a 4 cup measure, then add the Worcestershire sauce and Brown sugar, stir to blend, then pour into skillet, add diced drained tomatoes and turn heat to medium low, stir to blend ketchup mixture with meat mixture, and continue to cook, add salt and pepper if desired. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking, and allow to continue to cook for at least 10 to 15 minutes, and mixture has thickened.
5Serve on Sandwich buns as desired, toasted or untoasted, with additional condiments if desired.
6This is what we had left from the original 2 1/2 pounds of ground turkey.