The Chief's Favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe

The friendliest place on the web for anyone that enjoys cooking.
If you have answers, please help by responding to the unanswered posts.

Chief Longwind Of The North

Certified/Certifiable
Joined
Aug 26, 2004
Messages
12,454
Location
USA,Michigan
This recipe is copied from m cookbook - You Can Be A Great Cook With Beef, and is shared with the permission of the author, me.

The Chief's Favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe

Before I met my wife, I was going out with another young lady who lived at home with her parents. One day I was at her place and she said “Ya want some lunch”? Of course, being an exceptionally slender twenty‑year‑old, with an ultra‑high metabolism (whatever happened to that metabolism anyway), I
said “Sure”.

She went into the kitchen to find a can of store‑bought Sloppy Joe sauce and some ground beef. To make a long story short, she had no sauce and was at a loss for something to make. I replied that peanut butter and jelly would be fine. She complained that her heart was set on Sloppy Joe's.
I said “Well let me see whatcha got.” She had ketchup, brown
sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, tomato paste, etc. I quickly
threw together a sauce with fresh chopped onions and green
peppers added for texture and flavor. She was amazed. I was
amazed that she was amazed. But I was the culinary hero (a
dangerous thing for a twenty year old whose head swelled
easily). I wasn't yet a very good cook. But this seemed pretty
elementary to me.

The point of this is that with a little imagination, you can
create almost any recipe you desire. And remember, if you make
your own, you can tailor it to your tastes.
This is the original “meal in a pan”. As an example of the
“tailor it to your taste” principle, my wife's idea of Sloppy
Joe Sauce is completely different from mine. But hers is
really good, and exceptionally easy to make. However, this is
my book so your going to get my sauce. After you get the idea,
you can make your own, modified to fit your family's tastes.
You can even use the store‑bought stuff if you like it. I won't
tell.
*
Ingredients:
1‑4 oz. can tomato paste
1‑6 oz can Tomato Sauce
1‑12 oz. can dark red kidney beans
½ clove minced garlic
½ medium yellow onion, diced
3 heaping tbs. chopped green pepper
1/4 cup dark brown sugar (for Diabetics, substitute an equal
amount of your favorite sweetener and a tsp. of molasses)
1 tsp. Chili Powder
½ tsp. Salt
1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 bay leaf, crumbled
2 tbs. olive oil
1 lb. ground beef
Place ground beef into a 12 inch covered frying pan and place over medium heat. While the pan is warming, add the olive oil to a 1 quart sauce pan and apply medium heat. Add the garlic,
onion, and bay leaf to the oil and saute until the onion turns
translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, stir until well
blended, cover and turn down heat to simmer.
Lift the lid from the ground beef and break up the meat into
bite sized chunks. Lightly salt the meat, stir, and cover.
Check the meat and stir the sauce every five minutes until the
meat is cooked through.
Drain the meat into a suitable bowl and place the juice in the refrigerator for later use. Combine the meat and sauce and serve over hamburger buns.

And there you have it. I have gotten very good reviews from others who have made this recipe. Again, like I stated in the book, tailor this recipe as you like. You can add hot peppers, or various herbs. Yu can use diced tomato intstead of puree. But i know this recipe works, and tstes great. Enjoy.

Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
 

Whiskadoodle

Executive Chef
Joined
Nov 1, 2011
Messages
4,129
Location
Twin Cities Mn
"And there you have it." I think that is the best recipe summary I have ever read. :)

I started scratching my head when I first read you add kidney beans and by the time I was through reading the full recipe, I thought, why not. I think the only thing we daren't add beans to is Texas chili, and this is Sloppy Joes. Besides, I think we should eat more beans anyway. I will have to try this.

I usually add a squirt of yellow mustard, probably serves the same purpose as a touch of vinegar. And I usually add about a quarter cup spicy bbq sauce.

Good recipe Chief.
 
Last edited:

Chief Longwind Of The North

Certified/Certifiable
Joined
Aug 26, 2004
Messages
12,454
Location
USA,Michigan
"And there you have it." I think that is the best recipe summary I have ever read. :)

I started scratching my head when I first read you add kidney beans and by the time I was through reading the full recipe, I thought, why not. I think the only thing we daren't add beans to is Texas chili, and this is Sloppy Joes. Besides, I think we should eat more beans anyway. I will have to try this.

I usually add a squirt of yellow mustard, probably serves the same purpose as a touch of vinegar. And I usually add about a quarter cup spicy bbq sauce.

Good recipe Chief.

A former member PM'd me after purchasing my cookbook that this exerpt came from, state that before trying this recipe, she hated sloppy joes. After trying it, it's become a staple in her home, and her hubby gets requests at work for her to send more with her husband.

It made me feel great that I could give her something she so enjoyed.:D

Seeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North
 
Top Bottom