Flashback favourite – Sloppy Joes

Time for another flashback favourite!

Sloppy Joes will always remind me of my childhood. Whether it’s their memorable appearance in my childhood favourite film “It Takes Two” or my dad making them whenever my mom went away, this messy meal definitely has some strong nostalgic ties to it.

While premade Sloppy Joes packets do exist, I thought it would be fun to try and make the dish from scratch.  Like my tomato sauce a few weeks ago, making Sloppy Joes from scratch let me control every ingredient that got put into my meal.  This was great because I could ensure that this recipe was 100% gluten free by mixing my own spices.

I got the idea for this recipe from this blog which was recently featured on WordPress’s freshly pressed page.  Of course I would LOVE to be included on this page but I think I need to build up a little bit more blogger cred before that happens.

The thing I love about Sloppy Joes is that they are the ultimate comfort food.  It’s the type of meal where you can ignore the rest of the world while you are eating and just get messy.  In no way am I support the idea of making these to impress a new boy or girl in your life, but if you are planning to have a lazy evening and not go anywhere, why not whip up a batch of this tasty treat.

One thing I am going to try to include on each post from now on is how much each recipe costs per serving.  I think that this information is fairly valuable for anyone who is try to stick to a budget.  This meal ended up costing me $2.88 a serving.  I had all the spices that were required to season the meat as well as the frozen corn, but I ended up buying all the produce, meat and buns needed for the recipe. Overall this wasn’t too much of an investment for a delicious meal.

Recipe Below

  • 2 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 Green Pepper, diced
  • 1 20-ounce Package Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 8-ounce Can Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Medium Tomatoes (around 3/4 to 1 lb), diced
  • 1 T Mild chili Powder
  • 1 ½ t ground cumin
  • ½ t garlic salt
  • ¼ t dried oregano
  • ½ t ground pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  1. Saute Onion and green pepper in oil for  few minutes until soft
  2. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink
  3. Drain meat and stir in tomato sauce, tomatoes, corn and spices
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes until thickened
  5. Serve over buns and top with cheese if desired.

4 responses to “Flashback favourite – Sloppy Joes

  1. Hi, I found your blog from Carleton’s main page. I’m also a CU student who loves to cook.

    I’m curious about putting the corn directly into the meat mixture. It seems a bit weird! I make a “homemade” sloppy joe recipe using ketchup, mustard (a tiny bit), brown sugar, and spices.

    Something you didn’t mention in the recipe is how many servings we should expect to get.

    • Hey Thanks for your comment! I was able to get four heathly (guy sized) portions out of this recipe. For those that don’t each as much you might be able to get a fifth portion out of it. The corn actually worked out pretty well. I usually add it to my Chilie recipes so it didn’t seem that out a place for me

  2. Good idea! I actually remember feeling kinda deprived as a kid because I never got sloppy joes for dinner. I also remember the Olsen twins’ experience with the dish and definitely felt jealous when they got to eat them. That’s so weird of me, I know.

    Anyway, I think I’m going to try this out vegetarian style. Maybe I’ll cook with a little It Takes Two playing in the background?

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