9 April, 2014

The Ultimate Sloppy Joe Sandwich

The Ultimate Sloppy Joe Sandwich
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Ultimate Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a great sloppy joe sandwich?

Sloppy joes are a quick and easy budget-stretching meal that you can sneak some healthy vegetables into and even your fussiest eaters will still enjoy them. Instead of the go-to commercial sauce that’s laden with chemicals, give this recipe a try next time you’re in the mood for a tasty sloppy joe.

In a large frying pan, begin browning your ground beef. Check through your fridge and gather up some vegetables. I like to make these when I have odds and ends of produce in the fridge that may go to waste if I don’t use them up. Cut your vegetables into large chunks and put them in a food processor. In this batch, I used up some celery, onion, red pepper and carrots. Add a few sprigs of fresh basil if you have it. Pulse until the vegetables are about the same consistency as ground beef.

Vegetables for Sloppy Joes

A great way to use up those vegetable odds and ends.

Mincing the vegetables lets you “hide” those that fussy eaters may not like and really enhances their flavour. Not only does it add some great nutrients, it helps stretch your ground beef, which saves you money.

Once the ground beef is browned, drain off the fat and return it to the pan. Add your minced vegetables and allow the mixture to simmer on medium-low heat for two or three minutes while you prepare the seasonings and the sauce mixture.

Minced Vegetables and Ground Beef

Simmering the vegetables with the ground beef brings out the flavour.

In a small bowl or large measuring cup, mix 3 tbsp of tomato paste or one small can with a cup of water. To the meat and vegetable mixture, add 1 tbsp each of oregano, basil (if you did not have fresh), onion powder, chili powder and minced garlic.

Flavouring for Sloppy Joes

Adding the rest of the flavour profile to the sloppy joe mixture.

Stir in the tomato paste mixture and simmer on low heat for five minutes or until the mixture has thickened and is not watery.

Adding Sauce to Sloppy Joe Mixture

Simmer the sloppy joe mixture until the liquid has been absorbed.

Give the mixture a taste and add salt as desired. Serve on your favourite buns and top with grated cheese if desired. I hope you enjoy this healthier twist on the ultimate sloppy joe sandwich!

Delicious and Healthy Sloppy Joe Sandwich

The ultimate sloppy joe sandwich ready to be devoured!




8 thoughts on “The Ultimate Sloppy Joe Sandwich”

  • April 9, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    It looks so fantastic – and it makes my mouth watering… it’s really cruel to publish something like this when I haven’t had a sandwich for what feels like 10 years!! ;-)
    This is going to be great when I try it!!

    • April 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

      Awe… if you’re avoiding carbs, you could always eat the meat mixture with lettuce as a wrap, but it just won’t have that same big, messy, fun feel! Let me know if you try it! :D

  • April 12, 2014 at 1:58 am

    Hi Dearie,
    This is another one of those recipes that i will try because it really does sound easy, and I love sloppy joes. I never thought of adding vegetables the way you described here. That is really neat because I don’t need an extra salad.

    The pictures are also so clear and real that they made me hungry, so the photography is excellent.

    Great recipe my dear. I can’t wait to try this one.


    • April 12, 2014 at 6:56 am

      Gosh how I have missed you, Patti! I love to sneak vegetables in wherever I can. It used to be because I had a fussy eater at home, now it’s because I love the flavours they provide, and the extra vitamins! (Less dishes to clean too!! LOL)
      Thank you so much for your wonderful comments!! Please let me know if you do give it a try.
      Tami xoxo

      • April 12, 2014 at 7:05 am

        Dearie, I will definitely let you know. I’m trying to drop in more often. It is just that right now I am trying to get my first book agent ready and to be quite honest with you, it has taken over my time plan. I believe I am sleeping, eating, and dreaming this book all at the same time.

        Love you. Keep up the great work you’re doing. I haven’t forgotten you. I’m switched priorities around to achieve a goal, but I’m still in the background. You are not forgotten.


  • April 14, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I always thought a sloppy Joe was something you wore. :-( Looks like a great sandwich though.

    • May 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

      You end up wearing some of it if it’s made right ;) haha

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