While I admit this is no food-stylist-arranged photo here (obvious, I know), I hope you’ll take a look at this recipe and method below.
It comes together rather easily and there is no long simmer time or lots of steps. You can shorten the ingredient list or toss in what you have on hand (diced red or green bell pepper would be nice additions).
And one more thing, it re-heats beautifully the next day for lunch (or freeze it in a freezer-safe container for up to 1 month).
1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
1 small onion, diced
1 14-ounce can petite diced tomatoes (drained)
3/4 cup ketchup
1 tsp prepared Dijon mustard
1 tsbp liquid smoke
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp chili powder
3/4 cup frozen corn (I used Green Giant shoepeg corn)
Kosher salt to taste
In large saute pan over medium-high heat, brown beef and onions together. Stir and break up beef. Cook until no pink remains. Drain, if necessary.
Add next 7 ingredients and stir to combine. Lower heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes until heated through. Serve on rolls.
Kitchen Note: You can add 1-2 tbsp brown sugar and eliminate liquid smoke to make a sweeter sloppy joe. You can also use ground chicken, turkey or a combination of beef and pork.