Sloppy Joes…slop sloppy Joes.

Tell me you understood the Adam Sandler lunch lady song reference there.

No?  Ooookay…well this is awkward.  🙂

If you are an American, you know what sloppy joes are.  They certainly don’t need an explanation or introduction.  This American classic has graced many a dinner table and school cafeteria for years.

The version that I grew up on as a kid, and probably you did too, was made by browning ground beef and dumping a can of a popular sloppy joe sauce over the top.  While it certainly made for an easy dish, it lacked in the real food department.

I thought it was about time that my kiddos were introduced to the world of sloppy joes.  Every childhood, in my opinion, needs to have a place for sloppy joes, and when you can make them with real food, there’s no reason not to.  Eating real food doesn’t mean having to say goodbye to these iconic dishes that bring back so many childhood memories.  For that, I am so thankful.

Real Food Sloppy Joes

My six year old took little convincing.  “Mmmmmm…I like this sweet meat,” she exclaimed as she gobble down her sandwich.

My three year old took a little more prodding.  It was a full fifteen minutes before he even took one single bite.  I tell you what, that little booger is stubborn, but when his sister finally convinced him that it was indeed tasty, he ate it with glee.

I think we decided that we’ll keep ol’ Joe around as long as he’s the real deal and not the fake stuff in the can.

You can serve the sloppy on my homemade buns.  They can be made with unbleached flour or whole wheat.  Quite tasty and can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Sloppy joes from scratch
Serves 4
No more canned sauce. Try these sloppy joes from scratch!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
257 calories
11 g
70 g
14 g
21 g
5 g
157 g
539 g
8 g
1 g
7 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
157g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 257
Calories from Fat 127
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g
22%
Saturated Fat 5g
26%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 70mg
23%
Sodium 539mg
22%
Total Carbohydrates 11g
4%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 8g
Protein 21g
Vitamin A
16%
Vitamin C
36%
Calcium
4%
Iron
17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1/3 cup onion, diced
  3. 1/3 cup bell pepper, diced
  4. 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  5. 2/3 cup tomato puree (more if you like it "extra sloppy)
  6. 1/2 to 1 tsp. sea salt (to taste)
  7. 3 T. honey (decrease if you like a less sweet joe)
  8. 1 tsp chili powder
  9. 2 T. apple cider vinegar
  10. pepper to taste
  11. 1 tsp. mustard (optional) My husband doesn't like mustard so I sometimes leave it out.
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet.
  2. Add onion and peppers. Saute a few minutes until soft.
  3. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for about five minutes.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.
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calories
257
fat
14g
protein
21g
carbs
11g
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