This was super easy to put together, and while the tater tots baked in the oven, I threw the whole thing together. I'll never use a can of sloppy joe sauce again.
I can vouch for its tastiness with a nice British beer. Because really, after spending the amount of money I did at the vet today, I needed a nice British beer.
adapted from Simply Recipes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup minced red bell pepper
1 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced (or some granulated garlic)
1 1/4 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/2 cup ketchup
2 cups tomato sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch cayenne pepper
2 turns of freshly ground black pepper
Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and bell pepper. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook for 30 more seconds. Remove from heat. Remove vegetables from the pan to a medium sized bowl, set aside.
Using the same pan salt the bottom of the pan. Heat the pan on high. Brown the ground beef, then drain.
Return the cooked ground beef and vegetables to the pan. Add the ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar and brown sugar to the pan. Stir to mix well. Add ground cloves and cayenne pepper. Lower the heat to medium low and let simmer for 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste.