We started making these as we worked through a supply of elk shared by my in-laws a few years ago. I was not raised on the canned mix that so many seem to recognize as a Sloppy Joe. In fact, I had my first one as an adult, made from a supermarket seasoning packet and whatever the recipe called for on the back. It was no life-changer, but I saw the potential that this meal can be more than a cheap, last-resort mess. Much more.
The great flavors stand up to even the gamiest of meats, and anything lean works well, from goat to venison to beef. Anything too fatty has to be drained very well. We enjoy things spicy in our home, but the sugars of this recipe take out a great deal of the bite, so taste often and adjust your seasoning– don’t be too intimidated by the chilies. It’s perfect for quick weekday dinners.