Our Test Kitchen couldn't get enough of these new sloppy joes enlivened with a splash of cola, which gives the ground beef a sweet boost that plays well off the filling's spices. Try these with traditional or split-top hot dog buns or hoagie rolls. Garnish with your favorite coleslaw for crunch and color.
1 medium-size red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground round
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 cup spicy, fruity cola soft drink (such as Dr Pepper)
1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini salad peppers
Ground red pepper
8 hot dog buns or hoagie rolls
How to Make It
Sauté onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are caramel colored.
Add ground beef to skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
Return beef mixture to skillet. Stir in tomato paste and next 2 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens and color darkens. Stir in cola and 1/2 cup water, and cook, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from heat, and stir in pepperoncini peppers; add salt and red pepper to taste.
Serve beef mixture immediately on buns with coleslaw.