Best Sloppy Joe Recipe
Feeling like a bit of comfort food? Want to make something that the kids are sure to devour? Have limited time to create your masterpiece in the kitchen? Need to make something filling yet yummy on a budget?
You’ve come to the right place. Sloppy Joes are both easy to make and guaranteed to leave everybody’s bellies satisfied. Even if you think your fridge is gaping empty, you’ll often find that you’ll be able to rustle up some Sloppy Joes from its contents.
What Is a Sloppy Joe?
A Sloppy Joe is the ultimate American sandwich. A gooey, messy “loose meat” burger that will leave your taste buds wanting more and your face and hands in need of a serious wipe down. There are a couple of theories for where the sandwich got its name, but the favourite attributes its origins to a chef called Joe at a cafe in Sioux City, Iowa, where in the 1930s he played around with the “loose meat” sandwich recipe adding tomato sauce to it, and presenting his creation as a Sloppy Joe.
How to Make Sloppy Joe?
It’s time to make a meal to fill all those rumblings bellies. You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is to make this family favourite! By following the below method you will surely make the best Sloppy Joe sandwich at home.
Ingredients (Keep It Simple!)
- Ground beef/pork or even turkey (hey, and if you’re vegetarian or vegan – opt for lentils!)
- Tomato sauce (from a tin, but if your pantry is empty you could even use ketchup!)
- Your favourite mincemeat seasonings (you’ll want to use salt and pepper for sure, but you could also add cayenne, tabasco – opt for the Chipotle one – and Worcestershire sauce)
- A pinch of garlic powder
- Buns (kids will love the sweetness of brioche) or you could even use some wraps
- If you have some peppers around you could add this in for a bit of extra vitamins!
- To make your Sloppy Joe sauce takes your ground meat, chopped onions (and cubed peppers) and stick them in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until your meat is lovely and brown, not forgetting to stir. Drain off any excess fat (there’s enough fat in this dish to go around as it is!).
- Now get your tomato sauce and your mustard and any seasoning that you’ll be using and stir it in. Some people like to add a bit of brown sugar at this point, and if you like stuff garlicky then add a pinch of garlic powder too.
- Cover and simmer on low heat for 30-40 minutes, making sure to stir the mixture as it bubbles away, slowly soaking in all the lovely flavours for your perfect Sloppy Joe.
- Decide how you want to serve your creation (look for ideas below) and get ready for a taste explosion!
How to Serve It?
- In a bun
You might want to get out of your most expensive clothes for this one as this dish ain’t called a Sloppy Joe for nothing! The best way to tuck in to a Sloppy Joe is as it was original presented, that is inside a burger bun. Just be prepared to get your hands (and wrists and sleeves) dirty! Toast your bun for a bit of extra flavour.
- As a wrap
If you’re avoiding bread but can’t stay away from your Sloppy Joes then a wrap could give you the best of both worlds. It also offers a slightly tidier way to chow down your favourite comfort dish!
- As sliders
Who could resist some Sloppy Joe sliders? These mini burgers always look delicious when served at parties. Just a spoonful of filling will make each mouthful one remember and will keep your guests asking for more. Just make sure you make enough!
What to Serve on the Side
- French fries: Well, this one is kind of obvious, huh?
- Stuffed peppers: These two together on a plate will be a real feast for the senses!
- Onion rings: In my opinion, all dishes should come with a side order of onion rings. Add this to your Sloppy Joes and see all those eyes light up!
- Crudités: Ok. So you’ve ‘slightly’ overdone it with the calories on this one, and perhaps it needs a bit of help on the nutritional content. Get your favourite vegetables and lay them out on a big platter for everybody to pick at or present them right there on the plate next to your Sloppy Joes; tomatoes, cucumber, carrots, celery and you’re on the right tracks.