Sloppy Joes

This is a recipe many years in the mak­ing. What started out as a soup can recipe that my mom used reli­giously, has evolved into a Sloppy Joe that has some­thing for every­one. A lit­tle tang, a lit­tle sweet, some chunk­i­ness, some sauci­ness. Grown-ups and kids alike can’t get enough! The recipe is large, I know, but it freezes pretty well, and it hap­pens to be my go-to din­ner for any­one in need, be it new baby, sick­ness, life-stress.…I’ll whip these sloppy joe’s up and have enough to give away AND feed my own fam­ily. It re-heats great as well so it’s a nice make ahead din­ner. I usu­ally serve it with rice pilaf and steamed/roasted veg­eta­bles. Or, con­sider dou­bling or tripling it for a crowd and serve Creamy Mac­a­roni Salad on the side.


 makes 8–10 good sized sloppy joe’s

Sloppy Joes


  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves gar­lic, minced
  • 1 can chicken gumbo soup
  • 3/4 cup Homade chili sauce (This is just my favorite and what is avail­able in my area, use another brand if you like)
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 2 table­spoons brown sugar
  • 1 tea­spoon ground mustard
  • 1 chopped red pepper
  • 2 tsp kosher salt (if using reg­u­lar table salt, use 3/4 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 tea­spoons cider vinegar


  1. In a large, heavy pan, on medium-high heat, brown the ground beef. Halfway through, drain the fat off of the beef, then drain again when the beef is done brown­ing. This elim­i­nates a ton of unnec­es­sary fat and these Sloppy Joe’s are juicy and fla­vor­ful enough that you just don’t need any of it.
  2. When done drain­ing off the fat, add the chopped onion. Don’t add any sooner or the onion will soak up fat that you don’t want. Let onion and meat saute for 5 min­utes to soften up the onion. Stir a cou­ple of times to keep your beef from burning.
  3. Add the remain­ing ingre­di­ents. Reduce heat to medium-low and sim­mer for 20 min­utes, stir­ring often. Serve on toasted buns with appro­pri­ate sides (rice, pota­toes, chips.…)

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  1. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but will be soon! Elder Mer­ry­weather just arrived in our area. I asked what his favorite dish from home was that I could make for him and he directed me here. I hope I can do it jus­tice. It looks delicious!

    Thanks so much for shar­ing your son with all of us here in Poteau, Okla­homa. Due to a vari­ety of rea­sons, we haven’t had mis­sion­ar­ies in our Branch for the past few months. We are so excited to have them back!! Your son and his com­pan­ion are great elders and we are excited to work and sup­port them in all they do!

  2. Thank you so much for your com­ment Anya! I love hear­ing about my son any way I can get! It is so sweet of you to want to give him a lit­tle bit of home. I appre­ci­ate so very much all the kind peo­ple like you who help to watch over him while he is gone! I hope you enjoy this recipe and I know Elder Mer­ry­weather is happy to be in Poteau!

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