Sloppy Joes Arab style?

Years ago I was introduced to this recipe. I have no idea if it is a real Middle Eastern recipe or just something that was thrown together in my mother in laws house on a busy day. As soon as I tried it I was reminded of Sloppy Joes! I made it here and there throughout the years adding my own (sugar and tomato paste) American touch. Of course they did not eat this on a bun but with Arabic bread. So, here is my version of this easy and hearty dish!


1 pound  ground beef

1 onion chopped

1 green bell pepper chopped

7 roma tomatoes– approximately 4 cups chopped tomatoes

1 tsp. salt or to taste

pinch of pepper or to taste

1 Tbs. sugar

1 – 6 ounce can tomato paste

1 cup water


Fry ground beef until well done, when beef is completely cooked, add onions, peppers, tomatoes, salt and pepper.


Cover and let this cook until the vegetables are soft and tomatoes have broken down, do not rush this step. Add tomato paste and water, mix well.  I let this simmer, lightly bubbling, (stirring several times) for 30 minutes (approximately) to get the flavors mixed in well. In the last 5 minutes of cooking add the sugar and then season to taste. Serve on a bun. 


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