This Spicy Apricot Sloppy Joes recipe has been sponsored by King’s Hawaiian® Bakery West, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company, and the Beef Loving Texans. All opinions are my own.
Spicy Apricot Sloppy Joes
As y’all know I’ve lived all over the country…and even the world. But one of the things that sold us on Texas 10 years ago, was how much more time we could spend outside all year round.
Who wants to take too much time away from that life to cook dinner? Definitely not me. Which is why I love hacks when I’m in the kitchen to get dinner on the table (dining room or patio) that take less time so I can still have a great meal in less time.
Since my husband’s of the opinion that everything is better on bread, but plain bread is just boring. For this recipe, I used melt-in-your-mouth King’s Hawaiian Slider Buns. They’re soft and fluffy with just a touch of sweetness and really bring out the apricot flavor in this recipe.
And what backyard BBQ or summer meal would be complete without refreshing Coca-Cola? The perfect complement to any food! For your next cookout, visit your neighborhood HEB for “FREE HEB Fully-Cooked Shredded Beef when you buy King’s Hawaiian and Coca-Cola.” Look for the HEB Yellow Coupon instore August 14th through the 27th! Plus make sure youenter to win the Sweet Summer Texas Getaway (scroll down for all the details)!
Why is Sloppy Joe Called Sloppy Joe?
The story goes that a cook named Joe at Floyd Angell’s café in Sioux City, Iowa added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwiches and the “sloppy joe” sandwich was born. The recipe I grew up on either came from a can or had ketchup in place of tomato sauce. With two girls, ketchup is a staple in our house and in abundance, so I went with the ketchup in this recipe
Spicy Apricot Sloppy Joes Ingredients
There are only a few ingredients in it. That’s what makes it so easy to make.
Here is what you will need to make your own easy dinner.
- HEB Fully-Cooked Ground Beef
- Diced onions
- Diced green bell pepper
- Apricot preserves
- Hot sauce (vinegar-based)
- King’s Hawaiian Slider Buns
For this recipe, I used H-E-B Fully Cooked Ground Beef. Sadly if you’re not near H-E-B you could also go with regular ground beef or ground chuck. And don’t forget the Coca-Cola!
What to Serve with Sloppy Joes
For a simple recipe like this, you’ll want a simple side. There are so many different options, but a basic BBQ side will work best.
- Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole
- Potato chips
- Potato salad
- Spicy coleslaw
Spicy Apricot Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Spicy Apricot Sloppy Joes
In a dutch oven or stock pot, melt butter over medium heat.
Add onion and green pepper and cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Add garlic and brown for 1 minute.
Mix ground beef into the pot. If fully cooked, wait until softened and then add apricot preserves, hot sauce, and ketchup to the pot and allow to thicken.
If you're using fresh ground beef, cook until no longer pink before adding other ingredients.
Serve on King's Hawaiian Slider Buns!
More Easy Ground Beef Dinner Ideas:
Here are some more of my family’s favorite ground beef dinner ideas.
What’s your favorite sloppy joe recipe? Share it with me in the comments!
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