Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Sloppy Joes

I can't even tell you the last time I had a sloppy joe but Matt suggested them as a good use for the ground beef & buns we had leftover from camp this past weekend. I had forgotten how tasty they can be.
Sloppy Joe
Growing up sloppy joes were always made with a packet of seasoning picked up in the soup aisle of the grocery store. As I've gotten older & started to care a little more about what I eat, I look at those seasoning packets & am shocked by the amount of salt in them. Matt couldn't believe I'd think of buying them anyway since he knew he could create just as good a seasoning mix with what we had in the spice drawer.
Sloppy Joe
Of course, he was right & these were some of the tastiest sloppy joes I can remember having. The mix of the pepper & brown sugar gives them a sweet & spicy flavor that is just right.

Matt's Sloppy Joes

1/2 T olive oil
1 c chopped onion
1 lb lean ground beef
1/4 t black pepper
1/4 t ancho powder (may just be labeled chili powder)
1/2 t smoked paprika
1/4 t garlic powder
1/4 t cayenne pepper
1 T brown sugar
3 T tomato paste
1 T spicy brown mustard
1/4 c water

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add the onion & cook until starting to soften. Add the beef & cook until cooked through. Stir in the pepper, ancho, paprika, garlic, cayenne & brown sugar until well blended. Stir in the tomato paste, mustard & water. Bring to a simmer. Cook well stirring from time to time until thickened, 5 - 10 minutes at the most. Taste & add salt as needed.

Enough filling for 4 - 5 sloppy joes

When was the last time you had a sloppy joe?

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Elle said...

I *love* sloppy joes and like you, was shocked at the crud that goes into the mixes for them. It's all so unnecessary for a great sloppy joe! Most people have everything they need right at home. So good!

Brian Samuels Photography said...

I haven't had a sloppy joe since summer camp. Never been a fan of them, but maybe with high quality meat they'd be tasty.

Peter M said...

I like that your Sloppy Joe isn't too sloppy...saucy but not runny.

Tangled Noodle said...

It's been ages since I last had a Sloppy Joe! More often, it goes straight in hamburger patty mode. But now I recall what I've been missing! And you're right - why go the salt and preservative-laden packaged mix when we probably have all the wonderful ingredients at home?

Manisha said...

Recently we've started adding diced green peppers along with the onion and garlic. That adds a nice dimension. Also, I can't eat beef for awhile because it effects the baby, so just last week, we switched to ground turkey and with all the spices and flavors that are in sloppy joes it turned out good.

Heidi said...

We love sloppy joes. I also make the seasoning mix from scratch, adding dried green pepper from what I dehydrate. My kids love them like I did. We even served them at my daughter's graduation party. Oh, and we do them with turkey instead of beef.

Beau @ said...

My wife had one too many bad sloppy joes as a kid, but i'm quite fond of them.

I see these photos and I'm compelled to let her forage for herself for a night :)

Stacy and Brian's Adventures in Life said...

Very sad to say that I bought Manwich mix not that long ago. I stopped buying packaged taco seasoning a long time ago due to high sodium, but never thought about a homemade sloppy Joe mix. Thanks for sharing! Stacy

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

I haven't had a GOOD sloppy joe in ages. Thanks for posting this, I'm trying it and soon.

vanillasugarblog said...

is that potato salad on the side there? lol

Carter @ The Kitchenette said...

I don't think I've ever had sloppy joes before...? My husband will surely make that face that's all OH MY GOD YOU'VE NEVER HAD THAT BEFORE like I had a depraved childhood or something. I think he's made that face at me before when I confessed to never having seen Goodfellas and never having been to a Baskin Robbins before.

Now I want to make this just to see what I've been missing! And I'm sure I will like it (because you have great taste in recipes duh) and I'll be all OH MY GOD SLOPPY JOES ARE GOD'S GIFT and people will be all, what in the world is she talking about...

Recipe for Delicious said...

When my mom made sloppy joes for the first time when I was a kid, I was firmly convinced that she had made up the name to mess with us. After I ate one, I don't remember caring as much, haha!

Lori said...

Oh, wow, I can't even remember the last time. I do remember that my mom's version was much better than the school cafeteria though!

I sometimes make bbq beef for sandwiches which is similar to the SJ, but without the seasonings. I need to try making the real thing now.

Kate said...

I do love Sloppy Joes. I make them with ground turkey and use lots of minced vegetables like two kinds of peppers, zucchini, onion, sometimes shredded carrot. I add corn and black beans and they are so, so good. The Teen doesn't even know that he's devouring all sorts of good things.

MrOrph said...

i haven't had a sloppy joe (read: "Manwich") in what has to be more than 35 years! i used to love them as a kid though. i am with the not-so-sloppy part.

that ingredient list is like 2/3 of my barbecue sauce ingredient list!

Weight Loss Help said...

Oh my God you are so right, I can't remember either the last time we had sloppy joe's and we just love them. The sloppier the better, oh how yummy, making my mouth water just thinking about them. Thanks for a great dinner idea.

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I can't remember the last time I had a sloppy joe! I tried making them myself once but the seasonings were off. I'll try your version next time. I have been having a craving.

Lori said...

I bet yours beat out those packaged ones hands down!

grace said...

count me among the fans of the sloppy joe, and not just because adam sandler's 'lunchlady land' song comes into my head every time i hear about, see, or eat them. :)

Ranee @ Arabian Knits said...

I love sloppy joes and don't make them often enough. I don't use a seasoning packet, but I do put chopped peppers, celery and pickles in with the spices, ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.

Deborah said...

Sloppy joes are always a favorite! This spice mixture sounds fantastic.

Alicia Foodycat said...

I've never had a sloppy joe! When I was little, we had an old Betty Crocker cookbook, which I considered the height of exotic Americana. I'd never even heard of macaroni cheese with sliced frankfurters in it... The recipe for sloppy joes was something else that fascinated me.

These, unlike those, look like actual food!

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