Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Super Sloppy Joe's ~ 3.22.11

You'd think that everyone loves sloppy Joe's, huh? Not in this family. So, I don't make them all that often. But when I asked G what special dinner he'd like me to make on the day he received his first reconciliation and it just so happened to be the feast of St. Joseph, he said, "Sloppy Joe's"!
Funny thing is, when we get to the table, the kids were all over the place about eating them or even trying them. Ah, children. This is not the first time I've made these and depending on the day, somewhere between 1 and 4 of the kids will eat it all with no complaints!

Regardless, this is a great kid favorite and the grown ups in our house love it, too. I think using half ground turkey (93/7) and half ground chuck works best for us. I also sub out green pepper for red in my recipe. I love the color it adds and I just don't like green peppers all that much. Now, when it comes to that laundry list of seasonings, don't fret, if you don't have steak sauce, don't use it! But add that pinch of cloves, it's just a unique underlying flavor that makes you go hmmm.... Lastly, know that these are a bit more sweet than spicy. So, cut back on the ketchup if you don't like it so sweet or add some Frank's or whatever to add a little spice. The original recipe had brown sugar in it and I just omit that all together.

Super Sloppy Joe's

adapted from Taste of Home

2 lbs ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 celery ribs, minced fine
1/4 cup chopped red pepper
1 15 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tbs vinegar
1 Tbs worchestershire sauce
1 Tbs Heinz steak sauce
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp ground mustard
pinch gr cloves

hamburger buns

1. Over medium heat, cook beef, onion, celery and red pepper until meat is no longer pink and veggies are tender. Drain off fat.
2. Add rest of the ingredients. Simmer uncovered, 25 minutes, stir occasionally.
3. Spoon onto buns.

4. Serve leftovers like this:
Sloppy Joe Pasta!


  1. I think we've discussed my general disregard for the Sloppy Joe's, but I'll admit that not only anm I going to try these, I am excited about the leftover way of serving them! I love adding pasta to things, but would never have thought of it in this instance!

    ps. I remember Abby's first reconciliation. What a milestone for Gabriel!

  2. I use Aunt Lynn's Sloppy Joe recipe (very similar to this one). They're delicious and they make me think of her. She used to make them all-the-time. She always brought a big pot of them to the cottage. I have to laugh at your left-over idea. Your children will eat anything if its mixed with pasta! True?

  3. Give it a go, Happy! what is it you don't like?

    Karen- I'll have to hunt down her recipe. I wish the kids would have tried it, but no dice. I ate it all up, though!