Easy and Delicious Sloppy Joes

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When I was in school, back in the Dark Ages, lunchtime was like a trip to the casino. Sometimes we hit the jackpot, but more times than not it was a bust. I never understood why the cafeteria would serve grapefruit cups with a carton of milk. It was the equivalent of dishing out to a little kid fried liver and onions. However, I felt I had hit the motherlode whenever the school lunch menu had sloppy joes on a bun.

Sloppy Joes on a Bun
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Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Six - Eight

Ingredients

  • 2 LBS. GROUND BEEF
  • 2 CELERY STALKS, CHOPPED
  • 1/2 GREEN PEPPER, DICED
  • 1/2 RED PEPPER, DICED
  • 1 SMALL ONION, DICED
  • 1/2 CUP KETCHUP
  • 1/2 CUP BARBEQUE SAUCE
  • 1 TBSP PACKED BROWN SUGAR
  • 1 TSP DRY MUSTARD
  • 1 TBSP WORCESTER SAUCE
  • 1 TBSP VINEGAR
  • 16 OUNCES TOMATO SAUCE
  1. TOGETHER IN A LARGE SKILLET BROWN GROUND BEEF, CELERY, PEPPERS AND ONION. DRAIN OFF THE FAT
  2. STIR IN REMAINING INGREDIENTS, COVER AND SIMMER FOR 20 MINUTES, STIRRING OCCASIONALLY. IF SLOPPY JOES SEEM TOO LOOSE, LEAVE COVER OFF AND LET SOME OF THE LIQUID EVAPORATE. SERVE ON HAMBURGER BUNS WITH FRENCH FRIES OR POTATO CHIPS.
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HOMEMADE SLOPPY JOES MAKE THIS OLD COOK FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN!

Written by, Dennis L. Page


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

I well remember my mom making Sloppy Joes on weekends when I was a teen. Since I haven't eaten beef in many long years, but do make a meatless chili with beans and barley, I'm going to consider your other ingredients for adaptation to a meatless Sloppy Joe.

Voted Up++

Jaye


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

The title got me here; the recipe will be used. Thank you!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I've always loved Sloppy Joe. I got hungry just looking at these pics. Thanks for this wonderful recipe! Voted up useful & awesome!~


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I like your recipe. I just made Sloppy Joes a few days ago. We take the easy way out and use cans of Manwich, but I do brown the meat and dice up extra peppers. Yummy!


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I've made many a sloppy joe for my family in my day but I no longer do for myself. However, your recipe looks & sounds not only yummy but healthier than most! If I make myself sloppy joes along this order, I'd serve on whole grain buns. I also made a lot of chili in my day. Now when I occasionally make a kind of chili for myself, I add a lot of healthy veggies to it, too. Actually it's not unlike your sloppy joe mix. I use very lean organically raised beef whenever I eat beef, which is rarely. You see, if I'm going to live another 19 years to reach 100, still healthy and sassy, these precautions, within reason, are valuable! :-)

Thank you for sharing this, Dennis! I'm saving it and voting it up.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this. We are big sloppy-Joe fans.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ JayeWisdom - Thank you for visiting my recipe hub and for the votes. I would imagine that substituting ground turkey for the beef might work, as well. For a vegetarian twist on this dish I might consider adding whole tomatoes to the stove top mixture for some tasty substance.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ billybuc - I appreciate you popping in and leaving your footprint. I only make this dish about 2 - 3 times a year and that way it remains a special treat.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ lovedoctor926 - Thank you for reading, commenting and voting up my nostalgic recipe hub. Every time I make sloppy joes I find myself transported back to the cafeteria ladies and their ladles filled with lunch time comfort food.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Sunshine625 - I'm pleased you dropped by and read this recipe. I must confess, I have never had "Manwich," unless of course, that is what they served us when I was in school. What I like about cooking from scratch is that I maintain some control over the salt and sugar content. I too share your love of peppers.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Nellieanna - I was pleasantly surprised when I awoke today, turned on my laptop and poof...there you were with your wonderful comment and vote of confidence. Thank you. I like the suggestion of of using whole grain buns. I love your positive optimism and it spills over into your writings. Your enthusiasm is truly a blessing to us. Once again, thank you.


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ Mhatter99 - It's so nice to meet another fan of the sloppy joe on a bun. The aroma wafting through the kitchen was hypnotizing.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Looks meaty, sloppy and way too delicious!! Thanks for sharing, Pagesvoice!! Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe on the Community Page! Passing it on!


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pagesvoice 3 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

@ midget38 - Thank you for reading and commenting on my recipe. I'm flattered that you shared this article on the Community Page. Wow...that made my day. Finally, yes my Sloppy Joe recipe is sloppy, saucy and quite delicious.


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shin_rocka04 3 years ago from Maryland

I can't even remember the last time I had a sloppy joe. Definitely would be nice to have one right about now.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

What a pleasant reply, Dennis. You are most kind! Thank you for the nifty recipe, too. I might suggest trying Heinz Chili Sauce instead of catsup sometime. It's similar and very tasty.

You're so kind to visit my hubs, so it's certainly my pleasure to become acquainted with yours!


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Deborah Brooks 3 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Dennis you are talking my kind of language...i love sloppy joes

I am so glad for memories. Of sloppy joes..

Love your recipe. I will be making..sloppy joes

Deb


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pagesvoice 6 weeks ago from New York/Pennsylvania border Author

Thank you, Deb. Three years later and I'm making this dish once again. My wife loves sloppy joes.

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