Friday, February 20, 2009

Homemade Sloppy Joes

A little Trinity, a few key seasonings and you'll have a homemade sloppy joe that'll beat any canned version hands down.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Whenever I serve these, The Cajun says "this is my most favorite food of all."

Okay, while he does indeed say that, truly it's a bit of a stretch, because he actually says that about a lot of my cookin'... what can I say? The man just loves to eat and gotta love a man like that... but I admit, a good ole homemade sloppy joe sandwich is one of our favorites for sure. I have nothin' against the canned stuff, cuz it sure can be fast and pretty good too, but like most everything else, of course there is nothin' quite like homemade, I don't care who you are!

Good news is that this freezes great, so next time you stock up on sale ground beef, go ahead and make up a double or triple batch over a weekend, serve one that day and then split up the rest for the freezer and it'll be just about as easy as opening a can on one of those weeknight rushes for dinner. Just delicious - I hope you give it a try!

Recipe: Homemade Sloppy Joes

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 min |Cook time: 15 min | Yield: About 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1/2 tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 of a medium green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 stalk of celery, chopped
  • 1 large clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of Tiger Sauce or other hot sauce, or to taste, optional
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of butter, melted
  • 6 hamburger buns
Instructions

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the trinity (onion, bell pepper & celery) and cook until softened but not brown. Add the ground beef and garlic and cook until ground beef is browned, breaking the meat up with a potato masher. Drain off oil if necessary.

Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, Tiger sauce, tomato sauce, and ketchup. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Add a large pinch of salt and some freshly ground pepper; taste and adjust seasonings as desired.

Brush the bun bottoms with the melted butter and in a separate skillet or on a stove top grill, toast the buns. Serve with baby carrots, or a side of ranch style beans, baked beans, waffle fries or potato chips, a side salad and a pickle.


Cook's Note: Serve these on dinner rolls for Sloppy Sliders on game day. Try adding in a can of drained Rotel tomatoes for an extra kick!

Pizza Sloppy Joes: Substitute homemade pizza sauce, or a jar of your favorite commercial brand for the tomato sauce and stir in 3 ounces of chopped pepperoni or turkey pepperoni. Spoon meat mixture on bottom buns and place about 1 tablespoon of shredded Mozzarella on each bun. Pass under the broiler to melt cheese and serve immediately.

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes: To the meat sauce add 1 or 2 jalapeno peppers (remove seeds and ribs to keep it on the milder side), 2 teaspoons of chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and ground coriander - or all seasonings to taste. Add a couple splashes of a good Mexican beer if you have it.

For the Slow Cooker: The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can literally dump everything in and let it go, 6 to 7 hours on low or 3 to 4 hours on high. If you prefer using chuck, brown the meat off as above and drain. Otherwise, as with all ground beef crockpot meals, always use a leaner ground sirloin or round with a 10 to 15% fat ratio. I personally prefer to brown off ground beef just enough to render and drain the fat.

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22 comments:

  1. Sloppy joes are one of our fav.'s and these look good. I don't know what makes a sloppy joe so good but they are kinda an addictive food. Of course most food is kinda addictive to me!

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  2. My mom usually made sloppy joe's on Saturday's. I loved them and make them for my grandkids. It is a very comforting food.

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  3. I know.... isn't that the truth? SJs are just, well different somehow! I love 'em too.

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  4. I have to say this looks pretty darn good. Another one I am going to have to try.

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  5. These look really great!!! I haven't had sloppy joes in years!

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  6. I so love sloppy joes!! These sound awesome. My favorite one has bacon in it. Have to admit its a rach Ray recipe, but I like it just the same. I will have to try yours. Thanks!!

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  7. Hi Ladies! Hmmm... bacon! I'll bet this is good with bacon added - I think I'll try that next time too. I know Hubs will love it with bacon even more.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Looks great! What if I can't get the Tiger Sauce? Do you have a substitution?

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  9. Hi Michele. Tiger Sauce is basically a sweet hot sauce. You can find it at most grocery stores and even WalMart, but if you don't have any you can leave it out altogether or substitute a few dashes of regular hot sauce if you still want the spice. The recipe doesn't suffer without it.

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  10. Yum. I make my own, too. They're never the same from time to time, but they're always better than the canned stuff, even though I like the canned stuff fine, too. (About half the time, I make these as a vegetarian version: 1 cup of TVP and slightly less than a cup of water in place of each pound of drained ground beef.)

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  11. Making up a batch to keep in the house this week. It's good! I added a little brown sugar to mine. I like it sweet. ;)

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  12. Mmm, brown sugar. I'm gonna have to try that!

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  13. Hey there! I made your recipe tonight and I have to say it was very satisfying! I didnt have a can of tomato sauce so I used tomato paste and added water to that and it worked just fine. Im not familiar with Tiger sauce so i used a store brand of Louisiana hot sauce. Thank for sharing.
    thehappycooker@rogers.com

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  14. Of course, those are perfectly acceptable substitutes - glad you enjoyed it!

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  15. The hubby loves sloppy joes...I googled for a recipe and came to some celebrity chef's recipe. Chris vetoed and said, "I only want a recipe from deep south dish!" Excited to try it out tonight :)

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    1. Oh my goodness - what an honor! Please let me know what you think about it.

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  16. This looks good, I have only had sloppy joes in New Zealand many years ago when I was there. Your recipe calls for tomato sauce well in Australia that is ketchup to us, is your tomato sauce a can of crushed tomatoes with juice or something like that?

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    1. Hi Janet! In the U.S. tomato sauce and ketchup are two different things. Tomato sauce at the least is a stewed down, pureed canned tomato product, and depending on the brand or variety, will often contain a variety of herbs & seasonings - onion, garlic & oregano are most common. Muir Glen, Contadina, Hunts and Del Monte are top brands here. Hope that helps!

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  17. I made this receipe last night for my Bible Study group and it was a big hit!! It was delicious and so easy to make! I will be making this again!!

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    1. I'm so glad everybody enjoyed it & thank you for letting me know!

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  18. I made the tex-max version and it was very yummy! Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. You're welcome Leslie & I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!!

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