Sloppy Joes


So, I must admit. I enjoy these a whole lot. I can’t even attribute it to nostalgia. We did not grow up with Sloppy Joes. My only memory is from a certain Olsen twin movie. It was from this clip I figured the key factors were: 1) soft bun and 2) messy.  I had always wanted to try them, but was hesitant…as I didn’t know what a Sloppy Joe would taste like. Unfortunately, the name of the ‘dish’ nor the iconic ‘Manwich’ offer any descriptive of what a makes a Joe a Joe. A few years ago I found a recipe for them from scratch and decided I might just enjoy more than just the idea of them.

Get your napkins and give this a try.

1 tablespoon oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
½ green pepper, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
Salt and pepper
1 pound lean ground beef (or any ground meat, really)
1 ¾ cups plain tomato sauce (such as Hunt’s or Primo brand)
¼ cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
4 hamburger buns


  1. Prepare your ingredients
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, pepper, and celery and cook until softened (about 5 minutes). Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  3. Add ground meat to skillet. Cook until no longer pink, breaking up the meat as it cooks.
  4. Stir in ketchup, tomato sauce, and Worchestershire sauce and simmer until thickened, about 6-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Spoon onto buns. Enjoy!


Source: Martha Stewart Living


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