Seriously sloppy joes


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time10 mins
  • Makes4 servings
*PLUS Cooking time: 8 minutes


  • vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 500 g ground beef

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 tsp dried basil

  • 1/2 tsp thyme leaves

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • 1 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/4 cup barbeque sauce

  • hamburger buns, optional


  • Lightly coat a large frying pan with oil and set over medium-high heat. When hot, add onion and green pepper. Stir-fry until onion starts to soften, 3 minutes. Crumble in beef. Add garlic and sprinkle with Worcestershire, basil, thyme, salt and pepper.

  • Using a fork, stir often to keep meat crumbly until no pink remains, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in pasta and barbecue sauces. Stir often until hot, 2 minutes. Spoon over toasted hamburger buns or thick slices of crusty bread.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 313, Protein 24.1g, Carbohydrates 12g, Fat 18.3g, Fibre 2.2g, Sodium 616mg.

Growing up, sloppy joes were a favourite for many of us! While the original is still pure joy, try these grown-up versions. We've spiffed them up with flavours from Mexico and Asia.


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