Mike's Fave Manwich Copycat

READY IN: 40mins
Recipe by LaraKN

Mike loved this. I read numerous recipes online, then did it my way. I hate ketchup & wanted to avoid using it, I think the balsamic adds the vinegar that you miss from the ketchup with a little extra sweetness & flair. I have an extensive spice rack & pantry, so substitute if needed.

Top Review by LaSparkles

Loved this!! Perfect balance of sweet & savory. An upscale version of Manwich without the icky processed food ingredients. Stayed true to the recipe except used 2T of regular balsamic as I didn't have the flavored one.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix brown sugar through thyme in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat a drizzle of olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat, add onion, bell pepper, and carrots and sauté 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef and brown until cooked through breaking up with a spatula.
  4. Remove from heat, drain any excess fat.
  5. Return pan to medium heat add tomato paste and stir until evenly distributed & slightly brown.
  6. Add in sugar/spice mixture and stir thoroughly, add remaining ingredients, stir to combine.
  7. Heat until simmering, reduce heat to medium low, simmer 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

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