You can all thank Mr Magpie for this recipe for the best Sloppy Joes ever.
Picture this: the family and I in the middle of the grocery store.
The kids are helping shop, picking out what they want for school lunches and snacks before swim team. I’m wandering down the aisle looking for chocolate per usual because everything else bores me, and Mr Magpie picks up a can.
“Whoa!” he exclaims “Sloppy Joes! We haven’t had these in years!”
I freeze in the middle of grabbing some canned beans for my white bean pumpkin chili .
“Sloppy Joes…. out of a can?” I squeak in horror, glancing around to see who heard my barely there food cred being utterly decimated in the middle of the grocery aisle.
” Totally!” Mike exults, not noticing my eyes rolling back in my head “How about this for supper tonight?
“Oh my Effing Gee.” was pretty much all that I could manage to get out word-wise. Action-wise I might have slapped the can out of his hand, I’m not admitting anything.
Look. I’m no food purist, I eat mushroom soup straight from the can and love a hot, fresh McDonald’s Filet o’ Fish more than anything else in this world. For real. That fish burger is my favourite food.
You don’t eat sloppy joes from a can. That just makes me sad.
Because it’s so flipping easy to make the best sloppy joes ever. I know, I know, opening a can is easy and you know what? There might just be some great canned sloppy joes. Hey, I eat soup from the can, remember? Who am I to judge?
I tweaked the classic recipe to suit my own tastes and ended up with what is seriously some of the best sloppy joes I have ever tasted.
All thanks to Mike wanting a can of sloppy joes for dinner.
These sloppy joes were whipped up in 20 minutes and the taste?
Amazing. The kids and Mike scarfed them back. They were devastated that there wasn’t thirds ( yes, THIRDS) to be had at dinner. I honestly can’t believe that my daughter loved these so much, but again, she loves chili.
Add in carby awesome white buns & cheese?
SO good. All of the winter cravings in one dinner!
The recipe is also super simple, because sloppy joes shouldn’t be complex.
Sloppy joes shouldn’t be a chili either. Sloppy joes don’t need beans, mushrooms or vegetables ( other than green pepper!) or anything fancy. They DO need copious amounts of fresh minced garlic, onions, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and seasoning salt to be the best sloppy joes ever. That’s all. Maybe a pinch of sugar to cut the acidity if your ketchup wasn’t a sweet one.
If you want, ground turkey would be amazing in this as well, if you don’t eat red meat. It’s the sauce that makes everything amazing!
So, who’s a sloppy joe lover? I’ve been converted, to be honest I’ve never really been a fan before. These though? Seriously fantastic and that’s because I’ve tailored them to my taste which you know, I think is pretty ok 😉
But now I am going to ask you a question:
Topless or topped sloppy joes?
Mike and I argued about this. I like topless with melted cheese on top and you eat it with a knife and fork, HE says put a bun on it and eat it with your hands.
What do YOU say? Topless or topped?
Happy Cooking babes!
Love you more than chocolate,
- 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
- 1 cup white onion diced
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1/2 whole green pepper finely chopped you can use the whole thing, Mike's not a huge fan
- 2 cups tomato sauce or a 15-16 oz can
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1 tsp seasoning salt - or to taste if you like saltier
- white sugar - to taste
- 4-6 hamburger buns
- Shredded cheese if desired
- Place ground beef in the bottom of a large, deep skillet.
- Fry until brown, drain most of the grease then add the onions.
- Saute the onions and green pepper until soft, then add in the garlic.
- Saute for 2 minutes, then add in the rest of the ingredients.
- Stir, simmering on medum heat for 10 minutes.
- Serve on top of hamburger buns, topped with cheese if desired.