Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Sloppy Joes


So, I made Sloppy Joes over the weekend.  And they were amazing.  I can’t remember the last time I made them.  I seem to recall they weren’t very good, and there was much moaning and groaning and scraping of uneaten food into the garbage.  Last week, out of the blue, one of the kids asked me to make Sloppy Joes for dinner. 

Hmmm, OK.

Comfort food is what we need when the temps are plummeting to -30°C outside.

I searched recipes until I settled on the Pioneer Woman’s version.  I had all of the ingredients and her recipes haven’t failed me yet.


I was tempted to skip the green pepper, because no one really likes it, but decided instead to chop the green pepper very fine, so as to make it barely visible.  I think it adds necessary flavour, so a small dice allowed me to sneak some green pepper past my kids.  I added celery because I had some that needed to be used up, and because I can't seem to follow a recipe without straying from it.



The original recipe called for 2 tablespoons of tomato paste.  I used an entire can, because I clearly wasn't paying attention.  The end result wasn’t overly tomato-y, and it was just so incredibly good that I’ve left the one can of tomato paste in the ingredient list.  Added bonus: no half-used can of tomato paste lurking in the fridge becoming a science experiment.


This combination of ingredients and spices made the best Sloppy Joes I have ever eaten, perfectly sweet and spicy, and not too saucy.



Sloppy Joes


Ingredients:

3 pounds extra lean ground beef
1 whole medium/large onion, diced
1 whole large green bell pepper, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1-1/2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 can tomato paste
1/2 tsp Tabasco Sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

Kaiser Rolls, lightly toasted

Directions:

Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until brown, breaking up large pieces while stirring. Drain most of the fat and discard.

Add onions, green pepper, celery, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.


Add remaining ingredients. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

Lightly toasting the buns prevented them from getting soggy as soon as the meat mixture was ladled on.  If your toaster has a bagel setting, use it.  It will only toast the insides of the buns.


Some of the kids chose to add shredded cheese, lettuce, and extra hot sauce… but I thought they were perfect just as is.


This served all eight of us, with leftovers to snack on the next day.





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47 comments:

  1. Oooh....that looks yummy! I haven't made sloppy joes in awhile either. You may have just inspired me to try them again!

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  2. I'm so trying this recipe!!! I have made mine the same way for a long time so it is time for me to shake it up!! Thank you friend...Pinning!!! Nicole xo

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  3. I used to make Sloppy Joes quite often but, like you, haven't for awhile. I should make them again -- fun to eat!

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  4. now i am craving sloppy joes!! will be making these asap! they look so good!!

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  5. I love sloppy joes ... thanks for sharing these!

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  6. It is sooooo cold here these would be perfect tonight! Saying hello from Thriving Thursday Link Up!

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  7. I have never had a sloppy joe I have heard about them but we just don't make them here in Australia. This looks like a great recipe for winter and will have to try it when winter comes. I have booked marked it as I really want to give a go.
    Julie
    Thank you for linking up with #wordlesswednesday
    co-host - http://www.julieinthemaking.com/

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  8. Yum! I'll have to give your version a try! Thank you for sharing at the Inspire Me Mondays Link Up. We look forward to seeing you around. Have a great weekend. Bridget@ The Recipe Wench

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  9. I haven't had sloppy joes since college (courtesy of Manwich). Your version sounds much better! I bet the kids will love it. Thank you for sharing your recipe at the This Is How We Roll Thursday party.

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  10. oh looks sooooo good!!! I wonder if my kids are ready for these, because you are so right: this is perfect meal for these cold temperatures.

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  11. Mmmmmm, that looks wonderful!!! With the price of beef, I have had to use only a bit of it, so no more sloppy joes for a while... so this looks REALLY good. :)

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  12. This made my tummy rumbly! Oh my goodness I love sloppy joes! :)

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  13. These look and sound and - I bet - taste amazing! I don't think I have ever made these but I think I need to! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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  14. I haven't had one of these since I was a kid, I'll have to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing at Pin-Worthy Wednesday!

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  15. I love sloppy joes and your recipe looks delicious. Thank you for joining us at #purebloglove. We look forward to having you every Thursday night at 8 PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

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  16. Hi Jenn. This looks amazing. Thanks so much for linking up to Tips and Tricks. Your recipe will be the feature on Fearlessly Creative Mammas this week. I hope to see you again at 7pm on Monday. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

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  17. It's terrible to say but I've never had homemade sloppy joes, only the canned sauce! I can't wait to try these, they look delicious!

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  18. I love sloppy joes and this recipe looks great. Pinned!!!! Thanks for sharing this with the Tips & Tricks link party. Hope to see you at tonights party!

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  19. Your Sloppy Joes look so good, we would just love them. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. I love sloppy joes and the memories of being a kid it brings back to me, and I've always wanted to find a good homemade recipe for it. This one looks amazing! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

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  21. I love homemade Sloppy Joe! So tasty!

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  22. I haven't gone wrong with a Pioneer Woman recipe yet. I wish I could sneak bell peppers past my son. He is like a shark smelling blood when it comes to peppers and onions - "there is something in there!".

    Thanks for sharing on Tasty Tuesdays. Hope to see you back next week.

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  23. These look great!!! Thanks for sharing at the Marvelous Monday Link party! :-)

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  24. These sound fantastic. I haven't had sloppy joes in a long time!

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  25. I've never tried Sloppy Joes before but maybe it's time I tried them, yours look delicious. Popping over from #CookBlogShare
    I hope you enjoy the Multigrain Bread :-)

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  26. We had some yummy Sloppy Joe's last night! Your recipe sounds delicious! We are so glad you shared with us at the Merry Monday party! We can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to at our next party!

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  27. Hi Jenn,
    Funny, but I came today your blog today looking for a specific Friday link up. Then after scrolling around I found this yummy looking Sloppy Joe recipe, and...I had already decided early this morning that I was having them for dinner tonight. So, now I'm trying this recipe! I love the Pioneer Woman and watch her show often. I will use Chipotle Hot Sauce instead of the tabasco, only because I'm hooked on this hot sauce and use it all the time. It's amazing that I have all these ingredients in my home today, too! I promise to let you know how we like these!

    Now back to looking for that link! Thank you, Jenn...have a great weekend!
    Dawn

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  28. WOW! These look amazing! Pinning! Thanks for linking up to Tips & Tricks! Hope to see you again this week! :)

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  29. Sloppy Joes are the best! Such delicious family friendly fare – love it. Thanks for linking to #CookBlogShare

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  30. Great recipe for sloppy joes. I always love recipes from the Pioneer Woman. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party. Look for the new party up tonight.
    Have a great week.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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  31. I love the Pioneer Woman too, I've never ever had a fail with one of her recipes. I love Sloppy Joes, and these look delish! :)

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  32. I love that you toasted the buns. I haven't tried that trick before. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Yummy! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. My boys love sloppy joes! Thanks you so much for sharing on the (mis)Adventures Mondays Blog Hop. I look forward to seeing what you share this week!

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  35. Hi Jenn,
    We love sloppy joes in my family. What I love about this recipe is that you are not opening up a can to make it.
    Thanks for sharing this recipe at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Glad you could join us.
    Julie xo

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  36. Hi Jenn, I could eat one of those right now they look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at #AnythingGoes and have a great week. Sue x

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  37. Sloppy Joes - I haven't had this in years! Looking forward to trying your recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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  38. Mmm, I love Sloppy Joes! Can't wait to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday Link Party! Hope to see you again on Sunday night!

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  39. YUM! This recipe and your Halloween Chili both look delicious! Thank so much for linking up with The Alder Collective! Both recipes have been pinned to our board!

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  40. Yum! I love Sloppy Joe's. Thanks for your recipe.

    Thanks for sharing at the Tips & Tricks Link Party. That's how I found you. I hope you join us again on Monday!

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  41. You are making my mouth water just by reading the ingredients. Definitely pinning this.

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  42. Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty http://cu-rio.net/home-matters-linky-party-62/

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  43. I have never had a Sloppy Joe I must try it - Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

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  44. Hi Jenn! I have never made sloppy joes before so I will have to try out your recipe sometime. Thanks for partying with us at Talented Tuesday.
    Cheers,
    AJ

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  45. Hi! Thanks for linking up to last week's Tasty Tuesday linky! I have pinned your recipe to the Creative K's Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board. I hope you'll join us again tomorrow!

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  46. I am going to have to try these, because my kids also moan and groan when I say sloppy joes. Thanks for linking up to the Country Fair Blog Party this month!

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