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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