Photo: Melina Hammer; Styling: Buffy Hargett
Makes 8 servings

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sauté onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are caramel colored.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Serve beef mixture immediately on buns with coleslaw.

Ratings & Reviews

michellepa's Review

July 29, 2014

Katrinpf's Review

February 24, 2014
I made changes or additions as the original recipe was a bit bland. I added 2more garlic cloves, 2 tbs. juice from pepperoncinis, 1 healthy tbs. spicy mustard, increased Dr Pepper and omitted water. It turned out zippy w a sweet finish... but not overly sweet. Will definitely make again w changes.

DebbieLou's Review

November 07, 2013

ilove2shop's Review

October 21, 2013
This recipe originally caught my eye because my son is a picky eater, but he LOVES Dr. Pepper. I did have to make the following changes to the recipe to accomodate his likes and dislikes: I diced a medium sweet onion instead of red onion slices. Omitted the olive oil because I used ground pork instead of ground round (my son won't eat red meat), using ground pork made the need to use 2 T of olive oil unnecessary. I browned the pork and cooked the onions all at the same time. I also omitted the pepperoncini but added 1/4 cup of the juice from a jar of Mt. Olive Kosher Dills with Texas Pete Hot Sauce Flavor. My son LOVED this recipe with the changes I mentioned above, and has asked me to make it TWO more times since I made the first batch. Maybe the addition of the Texas Pete Infused Pickle juice gave it the KICK it needed.

MoJoChef's Review

October 15, 2013

DLBlackduck's Review

October 01, 2013
Caught our eye for something different for sloppy joes to feed our church's youth group. Had to throw out a 4x batch--way too sweet and no flavor.

AmyNJames's Review

September 30, 2013
I too was disappointed. The flavor just wasn't there.

Mamahoot's Review

September 25, 2013
The recipe caught my eye because of the ingredients and I thought it would be worth a try for something quick on a busy night. I made the recipe exactly has written but when test tasted, I felt it was missing something. I added alittle sugar and a bit of heat to increase the flavor.