Sloppy Joe sandwich on a plate

You’d never know after eating this mouth-watering, kid-friendly sandwich that Sloppy Joes originated during financially tough war times in the 1940s as a way of stretching precious and expensive beef. Bell peppers and onion add color, texture and nutrition in this adaptation of the classic dish.

Did you know Sloppy Joes originated during the financially tough war times of World War II? During the 1940’s, the kid-friendly (and adults, too!) sandwich was a way of stretching highly sought after and expensive beef. Bell peppers and onions add nutrition, texture and color.

Vegetable oil cooking spray
1 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 small green bell pepper, diced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 tablespoon white vinegar
¾ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
6 whole-grain or mixed-grain sandwich buns
1 sweet onion, thinly or thickly sliced (optional)

Spray a medium skillet with the cooking spray.
Combine the ground beef, diced peppers and onion in the skillet. Cook on medium heat until the beef is thoroughly cooked, 8 to 10 minutes.
Mix the vinegar, ketchup and mustard together, and add to the beef mixture; simmer 10 to 15 minutes.
Scoop one portion onto each sandwich bun. Top with a slice of sweet onion (optional).

Recipe via Food & Nutrition

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