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One of the number one childhood favourite meals for most people is Classic Sloppy Joes.
This may not be the world’s best sloppy joes recipe, but it’s mine, and it’s pretty darn delicious and straightforward to make.
Ditch The Can Of Sloppy Joe Mix
A good sloppy joe recipe doesn’t come from a can. It comes from mixing up common pantry ingredients and minced beef.
I was going to grill burgers last night but decided to turn my burgers into a simple sloppy joe recipe.
When I was living in the UK, I didn’t eat Sloppy Joes, and it wasn’t until I moved to Canada that my wife introduced me to them.
What Else Can You Use Sloppy Joe Meat For?
How To Make Homemade Sloppy Joes
This recipe makes 8 Sloppy Joes, and trust me, they will be gone, especially if you have hungry friends or family.
I’ve made my Sloppy Joes with Ketchup and tomato paste as I feel it gives it the deep flavor reminiscent of childhood.
A must when making Sloppy Joes is white vinegar and brown sugar, so don’t miss these critical ingredients.
How Much Does It Cost To Make Sloppy Joes?
The cost to make these Sloppy Joes is around $0.95 each, depending on the season and beef prices.
Typically, I stock up on ground beef when it goes on sale so I can make some of our family favorites;
Can You Make Sloppy Joes In A Crockpot or Instant Pot?
YES, you can easily use your Instant Pot or Crockpot to make homemade sloppy joes simply by adding all the ingredients and turning it on.
The instant pot will be done in a flash, but if you use the Crockpot, you can cook it on low for 6 hours. Your house will smell amazing.
Classic Sloppy Joes From Scratch
How To Make Easy Sloppy Joes
- Author: Mr.CBB
- Prep time: 15 mins
- Cook time: 20 mins
- Total time: 35 mins
- Serves: 8
Making Sloppy Joes is easy and perfect for a fast weeknight dinner or an on-the-go weekend meal.
Sloppy Joe Ingredients
- Eight fresh Hamburger Buns or any Round Bun
- 1 can of Tomato paste 6 ounces
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon of dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon dry oregano
- 1 teaspoon of dry basil
- 1/2 cup of Tomato Ketchup
- 3/4 cup of water
- 2 yellow onions chopped
- 1 large green pepper chopped ( or any colour you like)
- 4 cloves of garlic chopped fine
- 4 tablespoons of brown sugar packed
- 1lb of Lean ground beef (or whichever you prefer, can be chicken or turkey etc)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- In the frying pan, add olive oil if you use very lean ground beef to help it brown for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Then add the onions, garlic, and green peppers you chopped earlier and saute for 5 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
- Add the water and can of tomato paste and stir until dissolved in the frying pan.
- Then stir in the vinegar, Worcestershire Sauce, and ketchup.
- Once that is all mixed in, add all the spices, including the brown sugar, and let it simmer on low for about 10 minutes so the flavors have time to concentrate and the liquid thickens.
Toast a Sloppy Joes Bun with butter for crunch, or you can keep your buns moist.
Add some sloppy joe mixture and some cheese, and enjoy.
It won’t be anything more than a mess, so enjoy the Sloppy Joe experience.
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