Sloppy Joes – Yes, Seriously!

My mom used to buy sloppy joe stuff in a can and dump it, unceremoniously into a pan of cooked hamburger, stir,  and serve. I loved sloppy joes then and I love them now… but not like that.


Sloppy joes are brilliant. They go together quickly and easily, kids love them, and they aren’t too expensive. Add a little wine, and some sauteed mushrooms if you have them and they are even better!  We usually make homemade fries or onion rings to go with them. A couple of the older boys can put down three or four of them. I am not saying how many I could it if I wanted to… umm..wait…I DO want to….


You don’t have to give up convenience or flavor when you want to eat healthier. You don’t have to even give up the stuff you like. Sloppy joes are a simple thing to make. If you use organic ingredients you have an organic meal.

:::Dang there goes Marye up on her soapbox again. ::::::

It isn’t meat or butter or eggs or even sugar that are responsible for America’s obesity problem. I really believe it is dependance on foods that are full of chemicals and GMOs AND an inactive lifestyle. The combination is deadly. Problem is people decided to go low fat rather than get rid of the chemicals and move around a little. So now people ingest more chemicals, they are still fat, and they are battling diseases that are brought on by toxins in what they eat.

::: Deep Breath ::::

These sloppy joes take on a lot of flavor from the simmering part. You can mix them up faster but the sauce won’t soak into the meat. You want to simmer this for at least 20 minutes or make it up in big batches in the crockpot and simmer all day. Bag it up and freeze in meal sized portions. Then you end up with this lusciousness on your plate… YUM!


Oh wait.. I have one more thing to say. Muenster cheese melted over the meat. Just sayin’. You might as well go for the gusto.

Sloppy Joes

  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chipotle in adobo, optional
  • 2 galic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup, more to taste
  • 1 -2  tablespooons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • Seasoned salt to taste
  • Coarse ground pepper
  1. Brown the meat in a pan and pour off all but about a tablespoon of fat.
  2. Add the onions, peppers, garlic and chipotle and saute slowly until the onions are trasnparent.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer, covered for 20 minutes. Stir often to keep from sticking and do not let it go dry. Add a little water or more wine if you need to.
  4. Mound on Vienna rolls, hamburger buns, or whatever you like and eat…with a napkin.

Serves 8


images: marye audet

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    • Jonica


      My brain has stopped working. Frustrated with a sweater pattern and saw this post. My mom still makes the canned sloppy joes. But, I noticed that you said I could simmer all day in a crockpot. What size? I have a 6 qt one and I think for that one I may have to triple the recipe?????? Brain Fart! Help a girl out here! I am sure I will laugh in the morning after I go to the yarn store for help. Right now I am just shaking my head and getting growly because things are just not working out! Was supposed to be in bed an hour ago! I would love to make this in the crock pot and just leave it alone. Mine gets very hot on low and do I need to add chicken or beef stock to keep it from drying out? Amounts and what would you change if you have someone who has some problems figuring out what to do……by the way can I use ground beef and ground other meat???


      PS never tasted a homemade sloppy joe. Have no idea why I have not made them in years as the stuff from the can is ok but not that great.

    • Sarah

      I haven’t thought about sloppy joes in ages!! Thank you for taking me back to my childhood. My Dad used to make me these :)

    • Dharm

      Yum! Sloppy Joes are great! As a kid I had a kids Betty Crocker book that had a sloppy joe recipe in it. I still have that book although its a little eaten up by use as well as bookworms/silverfish. Nowadays I prefer to make burgers although I can see how tasty sloppy joes would be if not super messy!! Sorry I haven’t been around as much as I should….but I DO think of you!

    • DianaHayes

      We love sloppy joes, but always used a can, thanks for sharing the recipe.

    • Marye Audet

      you can use a variety of ground can add broth as needed…or wine. Just keep an eye on it the first time.

    • Marye Audet

      Dharm! It is ALWAYS good to see you my friend!! Sloppy joes save ya the time of shaping when you have a crowd.

    • Marye Audet

      Sarah… sometimes those foods from childhood are the best!

    • Marye Audet

      I love them! And homemade is almost as easy as canned!