Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quick & Easy Sloppy Joes

I have made sloppy joes for years.They are super easy, inexpensive, and a huge crowd pleaser.

I am known for being picky when it comes to sloppy joes. I don't care for Manwich because A. it has a thick layer of fat on the top and B. it's way too sweet for me. And while I enjoy bell peppers, they have no place in my sloppy joes. I think they tend to take over the flavor of the meat and sauce.

When I was in high school I went to a friends house. We were filming a project for Sunday school. It got to be lunch time and there were a lot of us to feed. My friend was making sloppy joes for everyone. I wanted to know what was going into the mix so I hung out in the kitchen. I was very surprised at what I saw- ground beef, chicken gumbo soup, mustard, and ketchup.That was all. I had no idea how this was going to make sloppy joes.(I really only knew sloppy joes to be very tomato-y and super rich via school lunches) I tried a sandwich anyway.

It was the best sloppy joe I had ever had. I asked for the recipe and that was that. It's the only way I make sloppy joes.

I get asked for the recipe whenever I make them. People can't believe how simple they are.

Try them, you'll fall in love with a childhood classic all over again. :)

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friends. Cheers!

Sloppy Joe Meat Mix
110 calories per serving
8 servings

1 can light chicken gumbo soup
1/2-2/3 soup can water
1 lb extra lean ground beef 
2 TBS ketchup 
1 TBS mustard
light sprinkle of brown sugar (scant 1/2 tsp) 
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1/3 cup diced onion, 2 cloves minced garlic

Brown beef (along with onion & garlic if using) in a deep skillet. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in condensed soup, water, ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.

Simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes stirring occasionally until mixture is thickened.

Serve on buns or with ripple potato chips.


  1. Hi Becca, nice to see your recipe. We may try it. Grandma used to make it similarly, but with a few more ingredients, but not many more. The only one I can think of would be a 1/4 envelope of Taco seasoning, I think it was from Schilling or McCormick. But they were sooooo good! And we've asked for the recipe so many times, and then we misplace it! Anyway, thanks for posting your recipe. Manwich can't touch it, I'm sure!