Mike's Fave Manwich Copycat

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 30 mins

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.

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.
Most Helpful

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.

LaSparkles December 29, 2013