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You Just Can't Say No to a Good Sloppy Joe

Updated on September 18, 2018
You can't say no to a sloppy joe
You can't say no to a sloppy joe | Source

The History of Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a huge family favorite that has been around for many years. It's basically ground meat, tomato sauce, onions, and a bun. It's one of those meals that kids and adults alike love. It's easy to make, the flavor is great, and it's inexpensive.

The Sloppy Joe is believed to have been styled after the loose meat sandwich developed by a restaurant owner from Iowa. Then again, others believe that it was invented by a cook in Sioux City, Iowa. Still others believe that it was invented by a cook in the 1920s in Havana who worked for a place called Sloppy Joes.Then it consisted of ground beef, sauce (more of a beef based sauce) and spices put between two slices of bread. It became more popular during World War II because of rationing. At this time the ground beef was mixed with ketchup or tomato sauce in an effort to stretch the food.

Whoever invented it was a genius. It has become one of those favorite comfort foods that we all love. Kids love them, you can get them to eat them anytime. Parents love them, they are so easy to fix (especially with the invention of Manwich), and they are inexpensive to make.

Sloppy Joes are a family favorite.
Sloppy Joes are a family favorite. | Source

Recipe #1

Ingredients:

2 lb ground chuck

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 cup milk

3/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup onions, minced

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup water

Mix together ground chuck, salt, milk, oatmeal, and onion and set aside for about half an hour.

Mix together Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and water.

Add sauce mix to meat mix and cook on medium heat until meat is browned.

Serve open faced on hamburger buns.


Recipe #2

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground turkey

1/2 cup onion, finely chopped

1/4 cup green pepper, finely chopped

2 tbsp steak sauce

1 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp mustard

Directions:

Sauté ground turkey, onion and green pepper in frying pan sprayed with non-stick spray until turkey is browned.

Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour.

Serve on hamburger bun or kaiser roll.


Recipe #3 (Crockpot recipe)

Ingredients:

2 lbs ground chuck or ground turkey

1 onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 green pepper, finely chopped

1 cup ketchup

3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp spicy brown mustard

2 tbsp vinegar

1 tsp chili powder

Directions:

Sauté ground meat, onion, garlic and green pepper until meat is browned.

Mix all ingredients with meat mixture in crockpot.

Cook on low for 5 to 7 hours.

Serve on rolls or buns.



Recipe #4

Ingredients:

1 lb ground chuck

1 can (10 3/4 oz) tomato soup

2 tbsp ketchup

1 tsp spicy brown mustard

1 tbsp brown sugar

Directions:

Brown ground chuck and pour off fat.

Mix all ingredients with ground meat and heat until hot and bubbling.

Serve on bun.


Recipe #5

Ingredients:

2 lb ground chuck

1 tsp oil

1/2 cup onion, chopped

1/2 cup green pepper, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 tomato paste

2 tbsp vinegar

2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1 tbsp dry mustard

1 cup water

Directions:

Sauté ground chuck, onion, garlic, and green pepper in oil until meat is browned.

Mix together all ingredients with meat mixture and cook on low for 1/2 hour or until mixture thickens.

Serve on bun or roll.

Which Sloppy Joe recipe are you most likely to try?

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You just can't say no to a Sloppy Joe.
You just can't say no to a Sloppy Joe. | Source

Other names for sloppy joes include: barbecues, dynamites, gulash, sloppy janes, slushburgers, steamers, wimpies, and yum yums.

March 18 is National Sloppy Joe Day.

Some variations of Sloppy Joe recipes use meats other than the traditional ground beef, such as chuck roast or even chicken.

I've never met a Sloppy Joe I didn't like. Let's face it, any way you make them they are still a favorite of children and adults alike.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, I have added oatmeal to meatlog, burgers, even turkey burgers. It helps stretch the meat and does make it healthier.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It has been ages since I have eaten a sloppy joe. Thanks for your recipes and the reminder. I found it interesting that you added oatmeal to recipe #1. I used to do that when making meatloafs. Makes it a bit more nourishing and on the healthy side. Voted useful.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      bloggernot jogger, sloppy joe's are definitely not just for kids. Thanks for reading.

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      bloggernotjogger 

      6 years ago from La Cala de Mijas, Spain

      Sloppy Joes rock! But not just for kids, right?

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      kenneth avery, sloppy joes were a favorite in our home especially when the kids were still here. enjoy the recipes.

    • kenneth avery profile image

      Kenneth Avery 

      7 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Koffee, GREAT hub! You are after my own appetite. Love your writing style. Keep up the fine and "delicious" work.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      N. E., I'm glad you came back and printed the recipes. Let me know how you like them.

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 

      7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      I just realized I did not print these recipes. LOL. I am printing them now. LOL.

      Glad to hear you do not like the sweet tasting Sloppy Joes either. LOL.

      I am going to enjoy using these recipes .... LOL.

      Take Care,

      N.E.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      N. E., Your're right the 3rd recipe is the crockpot one. It's wonderful to be able to come home and have your dinner waiting for you. As far as them being sweet, they're not. I don't like the sweet tasting ones either.

    • N.E. Wright profile image

      N.E. Wright 

      7 years ago from Bronx, NY

      Hey, thanks for sharing these ... recipes for Sloppy Joes.

      The sauce from the cans are so sweet, and I cannot stand it. My son either. LOL.

      I love recipe number three. I believe that is the crock-pot one? I have a crock-pot. LOL. I love the ingredients. They do not sound like they would produce a sweet taste. LOL.

      Actually, I am looking forward to trying all the recipes.

      I am going to print this page.

      Take Care,

      N.E.

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      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      I remember them being on the cafeteria menu when I was in grade school. Everyone bought lunch on "sloppy joe day".

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Sinea Pies, my children all loved sloppy joe's when they were growing up. Now they make them for their children.

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      Sinea Pies 

      7 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Mmm..our family loves sloppy joes. We usually do it the simple way...open a can of Manwich and add it to the cooked ground beef. These recipes are almost as simple. Gotta try 'em.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for stopping by prettydarkhorse and thanks for for the comment.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Useful, thanks for this one, I have been wondering about this recipe, yummy. I love mustard. Maita

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Sandy. One of the best things about fixing sloppy joes when my children were growing up is that they loved them and they were so easy to make.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I love making Sloppy Joes. Thanks for the recipes/

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks twentyfive. I pleased that you stopped by.

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      twentyfive 

      8 years ago

      Sounds so yummy. I'm bookmarking this to use this weekend ;) Thanks for sharing.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wait until you try one of the recipes, Sunday, you'll love them. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Matthew Dawson 

      8 years ago from United States

      What a great hub!! Made me hungry first thing this morning!!

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      mulberry1, the crockpot recipe is especially good. The flavor has time to blend together. Thanks for visiting.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Wendy, I would love to try out a recipe like that, it sound unusual. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      I may have to give one of these a try. Maybe the crockpot one. I've had sloppy joes that I've liked before, but I've never made them.

    • Wendy Krick profile image

      Wendy Krick 

      8 years ago from Maryland

      My Mom made a wonderful Sloppy Joe with a can of Chicken Gumbo Soup. They were always a hit. I'll have to try some of these out.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks, europewalker. A great sloppy joe is good every now and then.

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      europewalker 

      8 years ago

      Great recipes, I love sloppy joes! Quick and easy.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks for visiting CYBERSUPE. We love hamburgers in my home too, And yes a sloppy joe every onow and then can be a wonderful thing.

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, it's always nice to hear from you. Sloppy Joes may be a bit messy but they sure taste good.

    • CYBERSUPE profile image

      CYBERSUPE 

      8 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Sounds so good. I love hamburgers so a Sloppy Joe now and then is great. Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals for the reminder and the recipe.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I haven't eaten a sloppy Joe in many years.I'll have to try it again sometime.

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