Sloppy Joes – A Simple Classic

Sloppy joes is one of those recipes that everyone makes. I always thought it was funny that sloppy joes (Manwich) came in a can, because it is so simple to make a pot of sloppy joes. Everyone has their own twist on sloppy joes, but they are all similar. Hamburger, onions and ketchup are common ingredients. The recipe I currently use came from Arlys Staub, the mother of Andy’s best friend, Michael.

Whatever recipe you use to make sloppy joes, consider making a double batch and freezing some of them for a future meal. It’s one of those ideas to cook once for two meals – one now and one later.

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1.5 pounds hamburger
1 small onion, diced
1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce
1/2 – 3/4 cup ketchup
2 teaspoon mustard
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 can tomato soup


Brown hamburger with diced onion. Drain the grease from the hamburger. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Stir together and simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Serve on hamburger buns for a classic sandwich.

If freezing, allow the mixture to cool and pour sloppy joes into a quart size freezer bag. Lay flat to freeze. This helps maximize your freezer space.

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  1. My husband hates sloppy joes and even the title of the recipe “Sloppy Joes” would disturb him but I’m going to make it anyways, with a new title. He loves all the ingredients anyways and loves any kind of ground beef goulash. I’m just going to serve it over lightly buttered noodles. This recipe will give a different twist on his favorite fast and easy goulash… it needs an update!

    1. Yes, I would thaw it overnight in the fridge and simply reheat in a covered pan on the stove. Easy as can be! Enjoy! Sloppy joes are actually on our menu plan this week too! I hope you enjoy them!

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