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Homemade Sloppy Joes (look Ma, no cans!)

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I follow a lot of blogs and some of them I rarely comment on (if I commented on every blog I follow it would be my full-time job), but will pin their recipes almost daily.  Such as Plain Chicken and Jam Hands.  Everything they post is like, “Oh that is the most fattening and delicious thing I’ve ever seen. I must make it!”  FYI, I really love fattening recipes, especially right now.  (And more and more am not loving sweet stuff!  To the point that I almost would have rather died than taste the frosting on the last order of cupcakes I made, though I made myself do it to make sure it was good. I couldn’t tell if it was good, I hated it so much.  Oh well, fat is better for you than sugar anyway.)  This one  isn’t fattening, but I won’t hold that against it because it is family friendly.  And maybe that’s a better way to classify Ali’s recipes (she has two little girls).  I love family friendly too, even if it doesn’t have a pound of butter in it.

I pinned Ali’s Best Ever Sloppy Joes over a year ago and finally made them recently.  I have never made them from scratch so I don’t know if this is the best-ever recipe from personal experience, but it sure beats using a canned sauce!  Totally delicious.  I ate two sloppy joe’s for dinner the night I made this, and Dennis ate the rest of the pan! I think he had at least four!  So I guess you could say this is husband-approved.  Like I said, family friendly.

*I didn’t serve these with bakery fresh buns, but her instructions to do so reminded me I have an award-winning buns recipe I need to share! Will do that soon!

Best Ever Sloppy Joes

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1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
3/4 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped green or red bell peppers (I use a small bell pepper)
1/2 cup chopped celery (I used three stalks)

Cook ground beef and chopped onion. Drain fat off meat. Add back to large pan. Add remaining ingredients. Mix. Reduce heat to low and cook 40 minutes. Serve with fresh bakery buns.

Recipe source: Jam Hands

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About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

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  1. YUM! These look delish for sure! My husband and I both LOVE sloppy joes although for some reason at my house we tend to call them, “Juicy Burgers.” Sometimes we even eat them open face with a fork! Mmmmm.

    I look forward to the homemade bun recipe, Veronica! I always try them but they seem to heavy and not good for BBQ, etc., so I can’t wait to see you recipe.

    Have a great day!

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    • I remember your juicy burgers recipe and still have it saved! I have to admit I did eat the second on open-faced (I don’t like eating too much bread) but without a fork. It was super messy! :) Bun recipe is coming Friday. It’s simple b/c you use the bread machine.

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  2. Your recipe sounds so good!! I love sloppy joes ( and have to admit I use the can variety most of the time.. )
    I will definitly keep this recipe in mind!!

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  3. thebetterbaker11

    Looks like a yummy recipe! I used to make so many BBQ-y type recipes. The kids and I loved them. And one day, after about 20 years of wedded bliss, hubby told me he didn’t care for BBQ. WHAAATTT!!??? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? So since the kids have left home, I rarely ever make it, though I love things like this. I just may have to make some and eat it all myself. =D Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

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    • Wow he kept silent for too long, poor guy! What a sweetie for putting up with it for the sake of everyone else’s tastes. This doesn’t have a barbecue flavor but it does have the tomato base so maybe you would have to enjoy it solo. :)

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  4. I love making homemade sloppy joes. They taste so much better made with fresh ingredients. Thanks!

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  5. I actually never liked the canned stuff growing up because it was overly sweet – I prefer making mine from scratch too, except no fricken onions. :D

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  6. Oh holy cow, these look delicious. My boyfriend would love these, I think!

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  7. I think my next bit blog theme will be making everything I pin. That would be an impossibility though. :)

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    • True that! I was looking at my Pinterest page and was shocked to find I have almost 100 boards (most of them food related) and almost 6,500 pins. How is that even possible?! Too much good food to make.

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  8. Sloppy joes are the best, these look s delicious :D – I just use potato and soy or tofu instead of beef :)
    I wish I could make everything I bookmark all at once…

    Cheers
    CCU

    P.S I will not be commenting for around 4 weeks to prepare for my exams – see you in a month :)

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    • Oh potato is such a neat fill-in for meat! I have used lentils before and they work fairly well but potato sounds so good. Thanks for the heads up, see you in about a month!

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  9. Oh Yea, definitly going to try this! YUM

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  10. i haven’t made sloppy joes in so long! this recipe looks fabulous :)

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  11. I love home made sloppy joes, they really do taste a lot better than the canned stuff. That is so strange and cool how your tastes change when you are pregnant!

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    • I know, it’s totally freaky for me to lose my sweet tooth! But truthfully, it’s a blessing. It makes managing my blood sugar much easier – and that’s good for both me and baby.

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  12. I’m a fan of sloppy Jose’s but since I don’t eat meat I now mAke them with lentils!

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    • I’ve made taco filling with lentils and have wanted to try sloppy joes with them but keep forgetting! I don’t like regular lentils but have found red lentils have a much milder, more pleasant flavor (to my palate anyway) so I really have to try it with them. I’ve got them in my cupboard right now!

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  13. We love sloppy joes, and usually replace part of the beef with even more vegetables (diced carrots, orange lentils and such).

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  14. Looks delish! I love both of those blogs too. They always have some tasty recipes to share. I’m all about the fattening foods too… but I don’t have pregnancy as an excuse lol! Uh oh!! I can’t believe you’re not diggin sweets right now though. I heard that there’s things you used to love while pregnant but can’t stand while pregnant… I guess sweets are that for you? And homemade is sooooo much better than canned FOR SURE!

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