My Favorite Sloppy Joes

I’m in a recipe kind of mood this week.  Probably because there is the tiniest hint of fall in the air, probably because I’ve been busily harvesting all kinds of goodies from my garden, and most importantly because I just love to cook.  I’ve made a lot of different sloppy joe recipes, even the Manwich variety.  I remember making sloppy joes in 4-H when I was 10 or 11.  I think that was in the second year of cooking.  Then I tried the sloppy joe recipe in my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook.  There are a few changes to the recipe; namely ketchup in place of tomato sauce.  It would be hard for me to make any other sloppy joes after enjoying this one.

The Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lean ground beef, or ground turkey
  • 1 splash of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper (1 small)
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 6 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns

The Directions:

  1. In a large skillet cook the onion and green pepper in a splash of vegetable oil until tender.
  2. Add the meat to this and cook until completely browned.
  3. Drain the fat from the pan.
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients, including the additional 1 cup of water.
  5. The additional cup of water allows you to simmer the mixture for about 15 minutes so the flavors can mesh and meld.
  6. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Serve on toasted kaiser rolls or hamburger buns.
  8. Don’t forget to serve the potato chips on the side.  A little bit of sloppy joe on a bit of a potato chip is an amazing snack!

This is a great recipe to double or triple for a crowd.  (This is a Party House favorite recipe!)   A simple, easy to do week night recipe.  Or a great party crowd recipe, or a great let’s watch the baseball playoffs recipe!  (Is it October yet?)  Oh, and don’t forget if you’re serving sloppy joes and potato chips you must include the dill pickles.  Happy cooking everyone!


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