My oldest girl loves Sloppy Joes. I’ve used the Sloppy Joe sauce from a can. I’ve tried the packet of seasoning that you add to a can of tomato paste. I’ve even tried a few different homemade recipes. None of them were great, in our opinion. They were okay, but not particularly fabuloso, if you know what I mean. Perhaps each of us have our own idea of Sloppy Joe sweetness? I don’t know if you are picky about your Sloppy Joes but, for us, this recipe was a real winner. I got it from Taste of Home. I hope you all like it, too!

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 can (10 oz.) dieced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained. (I used Mild Ro-Tel)
1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 – 8 sandwich buns
Brown meat in a large skillet until no longer pink and drain. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and salt. 
Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes or until heated through. Serve on buns. 
Yield: 6 – 8 servings, depending on size of buns.
I topped the mixture with some shredded cheese. It made me feel like a I was cooking  from scratch, to just spontaneously add something in that wasn’t included in the recipe. I guess I was feelin’ kinda wild and crazy that day. 
We enjoyed eating our sloppy Sloppy Joes! We had smiles (and a few spills) all around!
This recipe is “Lauren Approved”!
My little girls are not big Sloppy Joe fans, but they ate these pretty well. 🙂 My boy is away, spending some time with his Nana. We miss you, Mitchell!


3 thoughts on “Simple Sloppy Joes

  1. Thanks for the recipe! I am going to try this instead of the usual 'Manwich' I would normally make. (o:


  2. Oh! And I've been meaning to mention this but keep forgetting when I comment. LOVE your new blog decor, it is so very pretty! (o:


  3. Valerie says:

    Thank you! It was a lot of work getting the header even, and I had trouble deciding what backgrounds, etc. to us. Google has made it so easy to change things up. There are almost too many choices! :)I hope you all like the recipe!


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