Porter and Roasted Red Pepper Sloppy Joes


A half cup of dark beer adds depth of flavor to the beef mixture in these Sloppy Joe sandwiches.

Porter Roasted Red Pepper Sloppy Joes
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
7 hrs
Total Time:
7 hrs 25 mins
12 sandwiches


  • 1 ½ pound extra-lean ground beef

  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

  • 1 ½ cup bottled roasted red sweet pepper strips

  • 1 8 ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • ½ cup chili sauce

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ cup porter beer or other dark beer

  • 12 whole wheat buns, split and toasted


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef and onion over medium heat until meat is brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off any fat. Cool slightly.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large resealable freezer bag or airtight container combine roasted pepper strips, tomato sauce, chili sauce, molasses, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, salt, thyme, and black pepper. Add meat mixture to pepper mixture in bag. Seal and freeze for up to 1 month.

  3. To serve, thaw meat mixture in the refrigerator for 24 hours. Transfer meat mixture to a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Stir in beer. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Serve meat mixture in buns (if desired, use a slotted spoon for serving).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
4g Fat
30g Carbs
17g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 35mg 12%
Sodium 519mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 17g
Vitamin C 53.7mg 269%
Calcium 117mg 9%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 346mg 7%
Folate, total 7.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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