Lightened-Up Sloppy Joes

Tadd really likes Sloppy Joes, so I am always on the lookout for a good recipe. This recipe is from Cooking Light and it is very different from my standard sloppy joe recipe. My usual recipe is more of a BBQ sauce; this recipe is more like a spaghetti sauce. We liked these a lot. It only took about 20 minutes to make. The original recipe calls for 2 cups of tomato sauce – I thought that was way too much. I would cut the tomato sauce down to 1 cup next time.

Sloppy Joes
adapted from Cooking Light
(Printable Recipe)

  • 1 Tbs minced onion flakes
  • ¾ pound ground round
  • 1 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 (1 1/2-ounce) rolls, split

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add first 2 ingredients; cook until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients (tomato sauce through black pepper); reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon ¼ cup beef mixture over bottom half of each bun. Cover with top halves.

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