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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes have always been one of those lifesaver meals that are quick to make when you have  a lot going on and great for leftovers too. I've not added vegetables to this one, but you can easily add finely chopped carrots, celery and/or peppers.

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste 
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups water
  1. In medium sized pot, brown meat, stirring as needed, until cooked. 
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic (and any other finely chopped vegetables you'd like to add) Cook and stir as needed, until onion/vegetables are soft.
  3. Add sugar, spices, tomato paste and water. 
  4. Simmer on low heat for 15 - 30 minutes.
  5. Serve on large buns with a salad or coleslaw on the side. I don't make the sauce too runny so we put the sauce on one side of the bun and eat them like burgers.  If you like a runny sauce, add more water to eat as sloppy burgers or open bun style. Serves 6

We also love it on baked yams (sweet potatoes)


  1. Sloppy Joes is a comfort food to me as it brings back childhood memories. Coming from a family of seven, I'm sure it was a recipe that helped my mother stretch a pound or two of hamburger. She put celery and onion in hers and also thickened the sauce with a little flour. Yum!

  2. Sloppy Joes are always served when we have a lot of people to serve! Old and young enjoy them, pure comfort food!

  3. Nice idea to serve it on sweet potatoes!

  4. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog - to answer your question - my in-laws live in England, and so 'hosting' means that my sister and her husband stayed with my in-laws when we were not staying at a bed and breakfast!

  5. Made these for our Sunday supper, but used ground turkey since that's what I had. It was delicious. The recipe is definitely a keeper!.


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