Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes

There are some meals that just make you think of your childhood. Sloppy Joes are one of those meals that beckon the memories of a school cafeteria, and even a good scene from Billy Madison. Nevertheless, I don’t care how old you are, Sloppy Joes are timeless. I’ve jazzed up a traditional Sloppy Joe with a very adult Southern spin. I hope you loved them as much as we did. Enjoy!

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Yield: 8-10 Heaping Sliders

Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes

prep time: 1 hourcook time: total time: 1 H

ingredients:

Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes
  • Package of Sweet Dinner Rolls (Hawaiian Rolls)
  • 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef (Browned)
  • 2.5 Cups Roughly Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1/4 Cup of Chopped Banana Peppers
  • 1 Large Bell Pepper, Chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cumin
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Chili Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon of Mustard
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 1 Cup of Ketchup 
  • 1 Cup of Water 
Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes
  • 2-3 Cups of Sliced Okra 
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil 
  • Cracked Pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic Salt (to taste 

instructions:

How to cook Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes

Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes- Meat Sauce
  1. Begin by browning the Ground Beef in a large chili pot.
  2. Once fully cooked, remove the meat from the pot and drain it into a colander. Set aside.
  3. Place pot back on stove top, and add in two tablespoons of Olive Oil. It will have grease a meat drippings in pot- this is for flavor. 
  4. Next, add in the Tomatoes, Banana Peppers, and Bell Peppers.
  5. Sauté on medium heat until they are soft. Next, add in the Cumin, Chili Powder and Onion Powder.
  6. Once combined, add the drained meat back into the tomato sauce. Mix well, and then add in the Mustard, Worcestershire Sauce, Ketchup, and Water.
  7. Mix well, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer.
  8. Once Okra has finished roasting, begin assembling the Sloppy Joes.
  9. Slice Rolls and Toast. Then spoon on your meat sauce mixture, and top with roasted Okra.  Then you are ready to serve!
Spicy Okra Sloppy Joes- Roasted Okra
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. After washing and slicing your Okra, you will place it on a lined sheet pan and toss in Cracked Pepper, Garlic Salt and Olive Oil. 
  3. Bake on 400 for 10-15 minutes, or until crispy. 

NOTES:

-You can buy frozen sliced okra to save time. -You can sub potato rolls or hamburger buns. -I used sliders instead of hamburger buns, because we liked the smaller bite. -I sliced my rolls in half and toasted them before assembling. -You can use fresh or pickled banana peppers.
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