Easy Weeknight Meals – Homemade Sloppy Joes

Did you ever eat Sloppy Joes’ when you were a kid?  You know, the stuff from a can?  Well this recipe from my friend MamaJJ is so much better.  Plus, you’re kids will be able to pronounce all the ingredients.  Which is pretty important if you ask me.  Unless of course you are eating Oreo’s, then really, who cares?

Ingredients {slightly adapted}

1.5 pounds ground hamburger  {I used buffalo}
1 medium onion, minced
6 cloves garlic, minced
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dry mustard
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
½ teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
2/3 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup water


Saute the onion, hamburger and onion in a large skillet until browned.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until almost all of the fluid is gone {about 15 minutes}.  Serve on warm sweet buns.

Looking for a few more fast weeknight meals?  Check out Cooking Light Fresh Food Fast: Weeknight Meals By the editors of Cooking Light magazine.  Amazon currently in stock and on sale.

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  1. Karol says

    At first glance, I thought…..I make mine homemade…..but that is where the comparison ended. Mine are grade school compared to these. I use tomato sauce, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and ground turkey. I will be trying these soon! And you are so right about the Oreos. And now you have flung a craving on me for both Sloppy Joes and Oreos. Off to the store!!

  2. Robin Welch says

    Wow we had sloppy joe’s this week too. I make mine very similar mixture of ground turkey and beef and always dice up very fine pieces of some vegetable. It’s so small the kids can’t tell it’s in the mixture but I hope it gives and extra nutritional punch to the meal and another way to get rid of all those zucchini’s. Yours looks super yummy.

  3. Teresa Yb. says

    Shredded zucchini works great in sloppy joes. I add about a cup per lb. of meat and cook it as a the meat cooks. I’ve added shredded carrots and chopped green peppers before, too.

  4. says

    Have you done any posts on buffalo?

    I like the taste; I’m just wondering if buffalo is healthier (I think it’s leaner, maybe)?

    Are buffalo treated more humanely? I mean, they’re too big to be on a crowded ranch, right? or wrong?

    Recipe looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Elizabeth F says

    Sloppy Joe in a can? I have never heard of such a thing. Now a days I make Sloppy joes with vegetarian crumbles, either Morning STar or BOCA. I used to use tofu. I remember taking them to work to share back in the early 80’s and one guy said these are good, but I thought you didn’t eat meat. The seasoning is all important and you have a fantastic blend of flavors there.

    I think I will try her homemade hamburger bun recipe.

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