The Sloppiest of Joes


If you haven’t had a sloppy joe since you were a kid, and if it came out of a can, or if you just need an easy supper idea for tonight, this one is for you.
Sometimes I have to really remind myself that Morgan and I aren’t chopped liver and that just because it’s only the two of us that doesn’t mean we can’t have a delicious meal every night. Because it’s so easy to fall back on our favorite standbys, pizza or grilled sandwiches. Which are delicious, too, but Morgan probably ate 100 grilled sandwiches last school year and another 100 pizzas. I’m trying to do better!

This was last night’s supper.

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How to make Sloppy Joes:

1 pound ground beef, lamb, etc
1/2 to 1 cup chopped onion and/or peppers
8 ounces tomato or spaghetti sauce
2 tablespoons quick-cooking rolled oats (for thickening)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne powder
hot sauce*
1/2 cup water

*Depends how hot you want it. I use 1/4 cup. You might just want a dash.

Brown ground beef with onions and/or peppers. Drain. Stir in remaining ingredients and simmer until thick as you like it and pile it between toasted or grilled buns or sliced bread. I used some thick-sliced Grandmother Bread pan-fried in a little bacon grease.

How easy is THAT? This is a 30-minute meal for rushed or lazy nights and kids LOVE it.

Makes 4-6 sandwiches, depending on how high you pile it on! I like ’em sloppy.

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  1. Faith says:

    You did it again…you made something I don’t like, look and sound delish. I think I need to start cooking “out of the box” more. I thought I was good at it till I see some of your goodies…It seems I could like almost anything at your house! The hot spices are what do it for me, oh and the fried bread. And I have to tell you what you did with the fried bread w/out milk and eggs the other day, was so smart!

  2. saitisntso says:

    I have heartburn just looking at this sinfully scrumptious creation! Tip is teaspoon of mustard nips heartburn in the butt. Yes, but in the heart as well! :moo:

  3. mamajoseph says:

    We’re having a sleepover Friday; I’m making these! Which is funny ’cause usually Friday is pizza nite, but I’ve been having mozz-making issues…

  4. rurification says:

    That looks sooooo good. I haven’t had something like that in ages. Want!

  5. Joell says:

    We love sloppy Joe’s at our house, I have not had the canned ones, from scratch is so easy. Some times I add a little chopped fresh hot pepper if I have one for a bit of heat.

  6. Jen says:

    It really is so easy to cook for one or two. We eat much healthier now that I only cook for myself &/or my husband. fish & salads are our favorites. Very fast & very easy to give variety.

  7. Domestic Goddess says:

    I noticed the recipe states you like to add a 1/4 cup of hot sauce? Is that a type error by chance, as a 1/4 cup seems like a lot!

  8. TabKPayne says:

    How about the bread that it’s piled on??? Where can I get that??? Looks fried.

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