Saturday, June 14, 2014

Classic Sloppy Joes

An American, kid-friendly classic.
There are hundreds of versions of this recipe, but this one is my favorite.

1-1/4 lbs. ground beef
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery (I substituted 1/2 tsp. celery seed)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup ketchup
1 15-ounce can whole tomatoes, pureed
1 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Hamburger Buns

Salt the bottom of a large saute pan (about 1/2 tsp.)  Heat the pan on high.  Crumble the ground beef into the pan.  Let it cook until it is well browned on one side, then flip the pieces over and brown the second side.  Brown the beef until all the water evaporates.  Then the beef will begin to brown and add extra flavor to your Sloppy Joes!

If you are using extra lean beef, you will not have much excess fat in the pan.  If there is excess fat, strain off all but one Tablespoon.  Add the carrots, onions and garlic and cook until slightly softened, about 5-6 minutes.

Add the ketchup, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, vinegar and brown sugar to the pan.  Stir to mix well.  Add cloves and cayenne pepper.  Lower the heat to medium low and let simmer 20-25 minutes to blend flavors and thicken the mixture.  Adjust with salt and pepper.
Serve with toasted hamburger buns.


  1. This is a family go-to whenever there is an impromptu crowd or the end of a work party or moving day or whenever you just don't know how many people are coming! This version is great, Patti. It's dressed up just enough to take it out of the ordinary. A new keeper for me.

    1. Thanks Rosemary! This is my Mother-in-law's version and we love it! Happy Holidays!


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