We love discovering down-homey, comfort food right here in our backyards. So we challenged a Disney Springs joint to deliver on our craving.

Chef Cory Hoekstra is City Works' executive chef. He is all about putting twists on American classics, like the good ol' sloppy joe.

“It's not your can of “generic” sloppy joe,” he smiles. “We're going for that down-home, feeling, right? What's more down-home than sloppy joe?”

Chef incorporates more than 20 ingredients in this dish, from bacon and beef to garlic and mustard.

Let's cook!

Sloppy Joe by City Works Eatery & Pour House


Canola Oil- 2 Tablespoons

Ground Beef- 4 pounds

Bacon, diced- ¼ pound

Yellow Onions- 1 small onion

Red Bell Peppers- 1 small pepper

Jalapeno Pepper- 1 pepper

Chopped Garlic- 1 Tablespoon

Red Pepper Flakes- 1/2 teaspoon

Onion Powder- 2 teaspoons

Chili Powder- 2 teaspoons

Kosher Salt- 2 teaspoons

Ground Black Pepper-1 Tablespoon

Ground Coriander-2 teaspoons

Cumin-2 teaspoons

Whole peeled tomatoes, pureed in juice- 1/ 28 oz can

Light brown sugar- 3.5 teaspoons

Left Hand Milk Stout- 1/ 12 oz bottle

Chicken Stock- ½ cup

Dijon Mustard- ½ oz

Tomato Paste- 2 tablespoons

Masa (Corn Flour)- 2 teaspoons

Unsalted Butter- ¼ stick of butter


1. In a large pot on a stove, set heat to medium-high. Add oil and when oil is hot add ground beef, cook until meat is browned. Remove meat from skillet and drain off excess oil.

2. Add diced bacon to same pot, cook until crispy- remove and strain excess grease.

3. Turn temperature down to medium heat, add yellow onions and cook until onions are translucent.

4. Add bell peppers and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.

5. Add jalapeno and cook for 2 minutes.

6. Add cooked ground beef back into mix, and the reserved bacon.

7. Add all spices and mustard, mix well cook for 5 minutes.

8. Add beer and de-glaze, reduce by half.

9. Add pureed tomatoes and chicken stock, bring to a boil, when boiling reduce heat and simmer until thick and saucy.

10. In a separate pot make a roux with butter, masa (corn meal) and tomato paste.

11. When mix is thick and saucy add roux and simmer to thicken.

12. When done, serve immediately!

13. Enjoy!