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Sloppy joes

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This is basically my Ma's recipe for sloppy joes. I've been making them this way for years, but finally sat down to get the measurements right so I could share. It's a really simple recipe - just ketchup and mustard and a few other things! It's an excellent base recipe for sloppy joes in case you'd like to change the flavor a bit.

I'm making a ton of sloppy joes today, so the ingredients list I give here will feed loads of folks. Scale back as needed. :D

(and can I just add that it is super hard to make sloppy joes look nice.)
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup yellow mustard
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped (green gives the most authentic grandma taste, but I used red cause it's what I had on hand!)
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water
You can see I give a little leeway when it comes to amounts. I'd start with the base amounts of ketchup and mustard and add more as needed! If you like your sloppy joes a little more tangy, add more mustard. If you like them sweeter, add more ketchup.

Step 2: Cook the ground beef and veggies together

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I cooked mine over medium heat and stirred it very often. I'd say it took around 15 minutes or so to get the veggies soft and the meat cooked all the way through.

You will need to drain the fat as you go - I'm using 80/20 beef and I got nearly a full mason jar of fat out of it. Draining off the liquid will help with cooking, too!

so THATS what a sloppy Joe is! lol i've often wondered
What's even more amazing is the number of different names this has, depending on where in the country you live. In parts of Iowa and southern Minnesota (and probably other places) they are called "loose meat sandwiches". A friend told me that in the Dakotas they are call "taverns". I've heard them called BBQ sandwiches as well, but we've always called them sloppy joes. (btw I love the red OR green peppers in this...or both, maybe some finely chopped jalapeno if you want some extra heat)
haha yea i live in Australia and i'd heard of sloppy joes but didn't have a clue what they were...apart from the fact that they were some sort of sandwich/burger
jessyratfink (author)  AussieAnglerGal1 year ago
hahaha, TA-DAAAA
haha its interesting how much stuff you can find out on this site!!


PS totally pointless but your reply was the 333d comment ever directed to me lol
Looks great - and with chilli garlic sauce you can't go wrong! :)
FtForger1 year ago
Some suggestions you might want to try. Reduce or eliminate the water. Increase the ratio of mustard to ketchup. Add a few Tbs Worcestershire sauce. retain a little of the fat from the meat (a few Tb to 1/4 cup). Personally I like your recipe, but my family keeps asking me to make the above changes...
Substitute celery that has been soften by boiling for the red pepper. Mom did the same recipe but with the celery. We called it Sloppy Joes but also referred to it as Country BBQ (which it really isn't). It was a big staple on the farm when I was growing up. Some big star from Hollywood had some of these and decided to call them Loose Meat Sandwiches....LOL.....
jessyratfink (author)  Redneckrebel1 year ago
Ohhh, I've never had them with celery, I will definitely try that. :D
I like a little green peppers with my ground beef. Wow you making me gain a few pounds just looking at all the great food you all make here in instructables. =P
PitStoP1 year ago
Ummm.. That looks so tasty. Can I have some? ;)
jessyratfink (author)  PitStoP1 year ago
Haha, I've got a feeling these will not travel well!
Conas1 year ago
I buy cans of Sloppy Joe crap because I thought it would be hard to make. Thanks for showing me the errors of my way! Looks delicious
pjwolos1 year ago
That's pretty much how I do it. Been trying sriracha in the mix lately.
jessyratfink (author)  pjwolos1 year ago
Me too! I totally forgot to mention it. This time I used chili-garlic sauce and it was awesome. :D
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