Shortcut Sloppy Joes

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots grated
  • 1 small yellow onion grated
  • One 15-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 2 cooked burgers 3 ounces each, crumbled 2 tablespoons brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 soft sandwich buns


  • Heat the olive oil in a 4-quart pot over medium-low heat until shimmering, 1 to 2 minutes. Add
  • the carrots and onions. Sauté, stirring a few times, until tender, 3 to 4 minutes, being careful
  • not to burn the onions. Add the tomatoes, meat, sugar, tomato paste, paprika, Worcestershire
  • sauce and cinnamon. Stir in 1/2 cup of water. Increase the heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the meat and carrots are
  • tender, 20 to 25 minutes. To serve, lay the bottom of the buns onto a platter, or onto individual
  • dishes. Spoon an even amount of filling on top, and cover with the bun tops.


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