A can of Sloppy Joe sauce
Here's How To Upgrade Sloppy Joe Sauce Into Something Irresistible
Enhancing canned Sloppy Joe sauce is as simple as stirring in a couple of tablespoons of salsa, which provides a spicy twist.
Both are tomato-based sauces, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Salsa's spicy and acidic undertones also counterbalance the sweetness in canned Sloppy Joe sauce.
Gochujang, a fermented chili pepper paste with spicy, sweet, and savory undertones, boasts a wealth of umami richness similar to Sloppy Joe sauce.
The shared umami quality allows flavors to intermingle, resulting in a more satisfying taste. Gochujang also injects a fiery kick, elevating and adding another layer of complexity.
Worcestershire sauce is a perfect blend of savory, sweet, and salty flavors. It's a staple in Sloppy Joe recipes that's perfect for enhancing store-bought sauce.
The vinegar balances out the sweetness from the sugar found in store-bought Sloppy Joe sauces and cuts through the richness of the meat and tomato.
Red Pepper Flakes
Red pepper flakes allow you to adjust the spice level to your liking and help to balance the sauce's sweetness, resulting in a well-rounded flavor profile.