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4 Servings
Recipe By: Tara Jackson-Sanchez
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Tara’s Sloppy Joe’s


  • 2 tbsp water, divided
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp baking soda divided
  • 1 lb 85% lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt divided
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp cornstarch


Combine 1 tablespoon water and 1/2 tsp baking soda

In a large bowl toss beef with baking soda mixture.

Heat oil in skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and remaining 1/8 tsp baking soda, cook 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, cook 30 more seconds.

Stir in sugar, paprika, pepper flakes, and remaining 1/8 tsp salt, cook one minute more.

Add tomato paste and cook 3-4 minutes

Add beef and cook 5 minutes more. Add ketchup, vinegar and Worcestershire and stir to combine.

Combine cornstarch and remaining 1 tbsp water in a small bowl. Pour over beef mixture, stir to incorporate, cook 1 minute more.

Spoon onto bund and serve

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