We love Sloppy Joes around here. They are super easy to make in the slow cooker and well, when your kids eat something without complaining it becomes a necessity in the dinner rotation.
I’m sure you could make this recipe in the slow cooker, however I just made it on the stove top since that’s how the recipe goes. I will warn you, these do not tasted like regular sloppy joes. They have great flavor, but it’s not the same so don’t expect it taste just the same you’ll be fine. After a few bites in I was adjusted and they tasted great!!
I ate mine on top of a baked potato but the family still used buns!
1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 cup chopped Onion
3/4 cup chopped Green Pepper
1 8oz can Tomato Sauce
1 tbsp Tomato Paste
1 1/2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp minced Garlic
1/2 tsp dried Parsley
1/2 tsp Salt
5 Medjool Dates, pitted
2/3 cup Water (reserved from date softening)
Russet Potatoes (1 per person)
Brown the round beef in a large pan over medium-high heat with the onion.
Drain any excess grease.
Reduce the heat to medium and add the green pepper, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, garlic, dried parsley, and salt; mix well.
Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring 2/3 cup water to boil and add the dates.
Boil 30-60 seconds, just long enough to significantly soften the dates.
Remove the dates from the pot and reserve the water for later.
Place the dates in a food processor or blender, then add the tomato sauce,and tomato paste.
Blend well then add to the beef mixture.
Add 2 tablespoons of the reserved date water.
Wash and dry the russet potatoes, stab with a fork or knife a few times and then microwave for 5-7 minutes, until the potato is soft inside.
Serve sloppy joe mixture on top of the baked russet potatoes and garish with green onions.