Like most families, we love sloppy joes. I love them because they are tasty and simple to make. My husband loves them because they are a “man” food. And our little guy loves them because he loves ketchup and anything covered in ketchup.
In an attempt to eat healthy, I’ve moved away from prepackaged, processed foods due to the added preservatives, artificial ingredients, MSG, and the lack of nutrition. Prepackaged is bad, bad, bad. Stay away.
Thankfully, I found this sloppy joe recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. This food blog was the first blog to spark my interest in making home cooked meals for my family. A close friendship of mine was even formed over our desire to learn how to cook from using this blog. It really is a great site!
I’ve been making Mel’s sloppy joe recipe for the last three years and it is definitely the best sloppy joe you’ll ever eat.
And what’s great about this, besides the fact that it doesn’t come from a can, is that you can personalize it anyway you want. If you want more ketchup and less barbecue sauce, add more ketchup. If you want a sweet barbecue taste instead of smoky, add sweet barbeque sauce. Or just use whatever barbecue sauce you have in the fridge. We like our sloppy joes extra sloppy, so I double the sauce recipe. And I love being able to use natural sauces with no MSG, additives, or high fructose corn syrup! I love feeding my family a good, healthy home cooked meal that everyone agrees on. For the original recipe, see here.
2 lbs of ground beef (or 1 lb ground turkey and 1 lb ground beef)
2 tbs of coconut oil or olive oil
1 onion chopped
2 tbs Tomato paste
1 cup ketchup
2/3 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Rolls or buns
Chop onion, add to skillet with oil. Then add ground beef in skillet and cook until no longer pink. Drain your grease. Add tomato paste and stir to combine with the meat. Add ketchup, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and fresh ground pepper. Simmer on low heat until liquid has thickened. While that is simmering, toast buns with butter. Serve with a side of green beans, baked sweet potato fries, or a side salad. Enjoy!