Sloppy Joes as requested!
I often ask the household what they’d like for dinner. AJ has been hammering it home that he’d really like Sloppy Joes. Since we are on a frugal not by choice budget, I have been putting his request off. Looking at the price of ground beef versus chicken of any cut, or pork chops, I tend to find alternatives to the red meat. Alas, he’s been asking for quite a while so I relented. Sloppy Joes are on the menu!
Now we discovered this recipe when I was a youngster, Mom had bought a cookbook from a local church fundraiser. It is titled BBQ, not Sloppy Joes but given the ingredients, pretty much same difference. It became a staple growing up, we were lucky to have leftovers! Now I grew up on a cattle ranch, ground beef was a staple… and fresh!
Let’s get cooking
This recipe is pretty straight forward. You dice up the veggies and sauté them a bit to soften and bring out their flavor. I add minced garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, and if I am feeling a little feisty, a small amount of Cayenne. I have a baby mouth so its really not much at all. Next step is to add your ground beef and cook away until all brown. Depending on the grade of your beef, you may need to drain off the excess fat. Add in your vinegar, brown sugar, ketchup, and can of tomato soup and simmer away. You can adjust the vinegar and brown sugar to get the taste you want. More twang, add more vinegar. Like it on the sweeter side, add more brown sugar. If I remember to, I also add Worchestershire sauce. Just a few shakes of the bottle will do.
To make it a meal we usually have something along the lines of chips, tatter tots, or fries. Cole slaw goes wonderfully with this, as does fresh cut fruit. Sometimes I like to skip the bun and essentially make nachos or a version of chili cheese fries with the sloppy Joes. It doesn’t take much for me to get full so this is the perfect way for me to get a little bit of everything in.