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Sloppy Joes … Slop Sloppy Joes… Chris Farley would be proud…

Every time I see the word sloppy joes… i think back to the SNL skit by Chris Farley and sing… sloppy joes slop sloppy joes… c’mon you know what I’m talking about.  In fact, I sang that after eating these and my husband just looked at me and nodded.   I always LOVED sloppy joes as a kid, and honestly, I haven’t had one since I was about 8.  So here is my first attempt at making sloppy joes… And I must admit, they were the messy goodness that I so nostalgically remember.

Ingredients:

2.5 lbs ground turkey or beef (I used turkey)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium onion

4 garlic cloves

1/4 cup cider vinegar

3 tbsp. dark brown sugar

1/3 cup ketchup

1 small can tomato paste

1/3 cup water

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tbsp. hot sauce

Salt to taste

6 hamburger buns

Sliced cheese (optional, I like mine without it, Brandon likes his with)

Finely dice the onions and sauté them in a little olive oil.  Once the onions are tender, add the ground turkey.  In case you wonder why I always do 2.5 lbs, it’s because that’s the amount in the individual package that I get at Sam’s Club, but really we could have done these with 1 lb.  That just means we have a little left over. Cook the turkey and break up big pieces using a spatula or spoon.  Add the vinegar, sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.  Combine and let it simmer for a bit.   Next add the can of tomato paste and combine well.  You can thicken or water down the consistency to your liking by adding more or less water.  I like mine to be kind of thick so I added about a third of a cup. Lastly add the Dijon mustard and mix well.  Grate the garlic and add it to the pan. Let everything simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes on medium heat to make sure all the flavors meld and the meat is cooked through.  Ladle a scoop or two of the meat unto a hamburger bun or Kaiser roll.  Ta-da there you have it folks a super easy meal perfect for those weeknights that you wish you didn’t have to cook.

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3 Responses to “Sloppy Joes … Slop Sloppy Joes… Chris Farley would be proud…”

  1. jason
    May 29, 2010 at 2:35 am #

    I saw your post about Grilled Sloppy Joes and I think it looks AWESOME.I can’t wait to try it as I am a huge foodie. I started thinking about Billy Madison!!!

    I own http://hotsauceplanet.com/ and sell all sorts of hot sauces, BBQ Sauces, etc. If you want to link to our hot sauces or BBQ sauces for your recipe that would be great. I would also be willing to give your readers a 15% off coupon for hot sauces if that is something that you might be interested in.
    Thanks for the great reading,
    Jason
    Jason@unitebrands.com

  2. bethany
    April 20, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    this is my new favorite sloppy joe recipe!

  3. bethany
    December 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

    This is our go-to sloppy joe recipe now! thanks for sharing :)

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