While I am well aware that my Cajun Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe won’t break down any culinary doors, it is an easy, flavorful, twist on a classic weeknight dinner. Sloppy Joe sandwiches are delicious, let’s face it. They’re easy to cook, and kids love them. This version is a bit more of an adult one with some added Cajun kick, so you might want to dial it down for young children. But, for feeding some friends for an easy meal, you really can’t beat this dish.
Easy Ingredients for Amazing Cajun Sloppy Joes
Ground beef, tomato sauce, bell peppers, onions, and my Cajun Garlic Sauce, ketchup, S&P, and my Woo Woo Sauce are all you need for this flavorful sandwich. If you don’t have my Cajun Garlic Sauce and Woo Woo sauce, I highly encourage you to try them, you won’t be disappointed! But, if not, substitute twice the amount of Worcestershire for the Woo Woo, and add 1 tsp granulated garlic plus twice the cajun spice for the Cajun Garlic Sauce. Those substitutions won’t yield the same flavor, but you’ll still make a great tasting change on the ho-hum Sloppy Joe from a can mix.
Just for saying, I am especially proud of my Woo Woo Sauce. It is a thick Worcestershire-based sauce, blended with garlic, herbs, and spices, and is so amazingly delicious. The uses for it are really endless, and it adds an amazing umami-ness to almost any dish. As it’s so thick, you don’t need near as much to help the flavor as you would with other Worcestershire sauces either. Please give it a try!
For ground beef, I use 80-20 for all of my recipes with one exception- smash burgers. We found at our restaurant, Memphis BBQ Company, that a 70-30 mix makes a superior tasting smash burger. Since you are searing the burgers so quickly, the extra fat in the mix helps keep the burger patties moist. Just a casual, FYI, but I hope you use it!
Cooking Cajun Sloppy Joes
Like normal Sloppy Joes, first you start with browning the meat. After I’ve just gotten the beef in the skillet and broken it up, I like to add my peppers and onions. This will give them a longer cook time and help in breaking up the meat. Brown the meat for about 4-5 minutes over medium high heat. I then like to slightly drain the pan of grease before adding other ingredients.
After draining, add in the tomato sauce, ketchup, cajun seasoning, Cajun Garlic Sauce and Woo Woo, and continue to cook. Bring to a slight boil, then reduce to a simmer, stirring often. Add S&P to taste, then continue to simmer until the sauce is thick and flavorful, about 10 minutes or so.
Put contents into a bowl and allow everyone to make a delicious sandwich on hamburger buns.
As always, I hope you enjoy!Print
Cajun Sloppy Joes Sandwiches Recipe
Take a new spin on an old classic, the Sloppy Joe Sandwich. This recipe is so much more flavorful than the old “canned sloppy Joe sauce,” you’ll never go back.
1 pound 80-20 ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
2 TBS Cajun Garlic Sauce
1 TBS Woo Woo Sauce
1 TBS Cajun Seasoning
S&P, to taste ( I recommend 1 tsp+1/2 tsp pepper, then tasting)
In a large skillet over medium high heat, add ground beef. Start breaking up and browning for 2 minutes, then add bell peppers and onions.
Continue to cook until ground beef is fully browned. Push all ground beef mix to one side of the skillet, and tilt skillet down to the opposite side to allow the fats to drain. Soak up with a few paper towels, and remove from dish.
Add in Tomato Sauce, Cajun Garlic Sauce, Woo Woo Sauce, Cajun Seasoning, and Ketchup and stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add S&P to taste. Continue to simmer for 10-12 minutes, or until sauce is thick and rich.
Remove from heat and serve with hamburger buns.