Sloppy Joes may give you flashbacks to an elementary school lunchroom, but they are a fun meal that everyone will enjoy. This is also a recipe that keeps well in the refrigerator, so go ahead and enjoy those leftovers!

This dish is not only delicious, but it’s also teeming with nutrition, as it’s high in antioxidants thanks to the canned tomatoes. Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives tomatoes their red color, and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. It also has the ability to neutralize free radicals within the body to prevent oxidative stress, which helps prevent damage to our cells and our DNA. While lycopene is present in other fruits such as watermelon and pink grapefruit, tomatoes (which are the second most consumed vegetable second to potatoes in the U.S.), account for more than 85% of the lycopene in the American diet. Interestingly, cooked tomato products may hold particular significance, as the lycopene from cooked and processed tomatoes is more bioavailable than that of fresh tomatoes. Heating or processing breaks down the tomato cell matrix and promotes isomerization of lycopene from all-trans isomers to the more bioavailable form of cis-isomers. Research shows that single daily servings of processed tomato products produce significant increases of lycopene concentrations in blood and buccal mucosal cells in healthy adults.

So, go ahead and try out these Sloppy Joes; we promise you won’t be disappointed!

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes may give you flashbacks to an elementary school lunchroom, but they are a fun meal that everyone will enjoy. This is also a recipe that keeps well in the refrigerator, so go ahead and enjoy those leftovers!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 red bell pepper, deseeded cored, and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • ¾ cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¾ tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 4 burger buns

Instructions

    1. Add the bell pepper, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup, and brown sugar into a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
    2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add in the onion and garlic. Sauté until the onion turns translucent. 
    3. Then add the ground beef into the pan. Cook and crumble the beef until it has browned and fully cooked. Mix in the salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. 
    4. Pour the blended sauce into the pan and mix it together with the beef. When the mixture starts to bubble, reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
    5. Remove the pan from heat and let it cool for 10 minutes. Serve the meat mixture with buns and enjoy!
    For other delicious tomato-based recipes, check out some of our favorites:

    Walnut and Mushroom Ragu
    Sausage Tortellini Soup
    Huevos Rancheros
    Greek Style Braised Eggplant

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