Saturday, May 19, 2012

sloppy joes (or jaime's)

This is one of those meals that I feel like I've been making forever - or at least as long as I've been cooking. And being that as it may, the variations on this classic are pretty much endless. It's a great way to have something satisfying to eat even when the refrigerator is looking really empty; As in, the only "vegetables" available are black olives and pickled banana peppers. And, well...ketchup, which any child will tell you is indeed a vegetable. I'll give you my original recipe, though, and leave any modifications to your good judgement and the particulars of your own refrigerator contents. 

~serves 4

1 pound ground beef
1 small to medium sized onion of any variety, diced
1 bell pepper, green or otherwise, diced
2-3 stalks celery, finely diced (include the leafy tops if you have them)
1 handful mushrooms, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 Cup ketchup
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
3 teaspoons brown sugar
worcestershire sauce to taste (I use at least 3 good shakes)
salt and pepper to taste

1. Brown the ground beef in a pan (don't drain the fat)
2. Add onion, peppers, celery, mushrooms, and garlic. Stir and cook until vegetables are tender.
3. Add ketchup, mustard, sugar, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Cook just until everything is well-combined.
4. Serve heaped on rolls, and have your napkin ready! 


  1. Hello Jaime...It's funny, but I think of Sloppy Joes as "comfort food". I just might have to make some today. Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

  2. Thanks so much for the sweet comment which I found over on my blog this morning (and for "voting" on our farm name!). Always nice to have visitors. :) How funny to find a post on sloppy joes here as it's what we made for dinner Friday night and had the leftovers for lunch on Saturday afternoon -- I also took pictures to share on my blog. Homemade is best! Num. :) Blessings, ~Lisa @ HappyinDoleValley

  3. The black olives and pickled banana peppers look pretty good to me! YUM!! :)

    1. It was surprisingly good - a little extra "tang"! ;)

  4. Sound lovely - not sure about the banana peppers for me but I am sure everyone at your house ate well!! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hello, I just stumbled upon your lovely blog. Those sloppy joes are just the inspiration I needed today. I'm cleaning out my fridge and there is hardly anything left in my pantry. They look very tasty and I'm a big fan of favorite recipes. So I'll give them a try. Happy to have found your blog!

    1. Hello Karen! Thank you, and so happy to have you here.

  6. I have been looking for new recipes, and my kids love anything on a bun. I will try your Sloppy Jaime's, and I will entitle the recipe just so.

    Thank you for sharing, Jaime!

  7. YUM!!! I really need to go shopping for meat soon.

    Hey, could you email me? I wanted to ask you if you could guest blog for me one day soon. I need to take a break! Our wedding is on June 9th. My email is mckenzieditter at gmail dot com.

    Thanks! :)

  8. these look amazing - and i would have never thought to add mushrooms. yum!

    i love calendula salve too. i have a tutorial on my blog on how i make mine. i just made a summer scrapes and bug bites salve yesterday. i plan to post the tutorial soon. it's so easy to make and the kids love being a part of it.


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