Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Eating Well Sloppy Joes

There's nothing wrong with a sloppy joe!

I'm not talking about Manwich (I am NOT a fan), or those freaky mystery meat concoctions of lunch lady lore, but a good, homemade sloppy joe.  My grandma made "Souper Burgers" (I found out they were called this later - we called them "BBQs") based on a Campbell's recipe, and I made those for a long time, but now we're branching out.  

Here's one from Eating Well - a little healthier take on a classic - feel free to share your favorite sloppy joe recipes!  I've made a few changes to make it freezer-friendly.  We like to toast the buns a little bit, and serve with homemade freezer pickles.

Eating Well Sloppy Joes

12 ounces 90%-lean ground beef (personally, I'd use 1 lb. and cut the shrooms down to 1 c., but...)
1 each large onion , finely diced
2 cups finely chopped [read: hidden from kids] cremini mushrooms (about 4 ounces)
5 each plum tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup chili sauce , such as Heinz
1/4 cup ketchup

Have on hand: 8 each whole-wheat hamburger buns , toasted if desired

1.Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat until it starts to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the vegetables are soft and the moisture has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

2.Add tomatoes and flour; stir to combine. Stir in water, vinegar, chili sauce and ketchup and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Cool completely, freeze. Thaw in fridge, reheat on stove or in slow cooker. Serve warm on buns.


  1. My husband used to make sloppy joes just with meat, ketchup, and mustard! It actually isn't bad, and easy if that's all you have on hand. I've also tried adding in a little brown sugar for a little sweetness. :-)

  2. That's really similar to the base for the "Souper Burgers" - it's how I snuck mustard into my husband's food for the first time. ;)