2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1/2 teaspoon table salt

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

1 pound 85% lean ground beef

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon brown sugar

1 cup tomato puree

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup water

1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

8 slider hamburger buns or 4 regular hamburger buns


Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer.

Add the finely chopped onion and salt to the skillet, stir them until well coated with the oil. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the skillet, and let it cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft. This should take about 10 minutes (Note: If the onions start to burn after 5 minutes, reduce the heat to low).

Now, introduce the minced garlic and chili powder to the skillet. Cook these uncovered, stirring constantly until they release their fragrance, usually about 30 seconds.

Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook it, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it's just turned pink, which should take about 3 minutes.

Add the black pepper, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce to the skillet. Let this mixture simmer until the sauce thickens slightly, more than the consistency of ketchup. This should take around 8 to 10 minutes.

Taste and adjust the seasonings if necessary, then serve your homemade Sloppy Joes on the hamburger buns.

Enjoy this homemade version of the classic American comfort food, an absolute treat that will keep you coming back for more!