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Gochujang Slopppy Joes

Sloppy Joes: an all-time favorite American dish. This budget friendly old classic sandwich is made with ground beef, onion, tomato sauce and/or ketchup, and other seasonings to create the flavor, and is served on a hamburger bun.

Here is a creative way to twist this all-American classic with a Korean ingredient - Gochujang!

Gochujang will add a gentle spicy kick and the depth in the flavor in a very pleasing way. You will be surprised how tasty this American-Korean fusion is.

Ingredients (4 servings) :

2 tablespoon canola oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 medium green pepper, finely chopped

2 celery sticks, finely chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb lean ground beef

1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce

2 tablespoons gochujang

4 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon prepared mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

salt and pepper to taste


Chop the onion, green pepper, celery, and garlic.

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the Holy Trinity of vegetables - onion, green pepper and celery. Saute them until slightly soft, about 3 minutes.

Add garlic and continue to cook 1 more minute.

Slide the vegetables to one side of the skillet. Drizzle the remaining oil to the skillet and add the ground beef. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top and let the beef sizzle for 1 minute.

Stir the beef to brown thoroughly. When the beef is cooked mix with vegetables.

Add tomato sauce and the secret ingredient of the day - gochujang!

Add ketchup, mustard, brown sugar and cider vinegar. Stir well.

Reduce the heat to low and let the whole thing simmer for 20-25 minutes, uncovered.

The sauce will thicken as it simmers but should be moist without being dry. Adjust the heat accordingly.

Serve these mouth-watering sloppy joes over hamburger buns and savor the East-meets-West version of an all-American classic every single bite. Enjoy!

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