Sloppy Joe is a thick meat sauce served on a sandwich. There are many, many varieties of this popular sandwich. Some recipes are sweet, some are savory. Some recipes include vegetables and some are all meat. The sandwiches can be made from ground beef, ground turkey or a vegan option such as soy crumbles or lentils. So many choices! One thing they all have in common is that they are sloppy!
I use lean ground chuck in any recipe that calls for ground beef. We don't miss the flavor from the beef fat because most of the recipes that I prepare add lots of flavor to the beef. This recipe sure adds lots of flavor!
I use a potato masher to break apart the beef when cooking it. This wonderful tip comes from Rachel Ray. I love this tip! It makes it so easy to break the beef into small little pebbles. 🙂
My husband, Jeff, likes Sloppy Joe sandwiches. His mother often makes Sloppy Joe sandwiches when we visit. Her recipe is a sweet version that uses ketchup and doesn't include vegetables. This recipe is a savory version that uses tomato sauce and includes vegetables. I found this recipe in an old Workbasket Magazine, dated September, 1968. The recipe is titled "Deluxe Sandwich Filling" and it was submitted by Mrs. G. L. Dean. Today, we call this Deluxe Sandwich Filling Sloppy Joe. Mrs. Dean's recipe is slowly cooked on the stove top. Her recipe can also be baked in a casserole dish. I have only prepared her recipe on the stove top. Other recipes that I have seen cook the sandwich filling in an electric slow cooker.
To make this recipe, first cook the onions and ground beef until the beef is thoroughly cooked. Then, add the rest of the ingredients and allow them to simmer slowly until the meat sauce is very thick. This recipe is easy to prepare, but, it does require a little patience.
I like the flavors of this recipe. However, the older I get, the less I enjoy eating sloppy foods. Maybe it is my lack of coordination in keeping the meat sauce on the bun! Turning the bun upside down so that the thicker piece of bread is on the bottom seems to help with keeping the sandwich from falling apart. Anyway, this recipe is primarily for Jeff. He enjoys Sloppy Joe's!
I serve Sloppy Joe sandwiches with either french fries or potato chips. You can refrigerate or freeze any leftovers then reheat in the microwave or stove top when you are ready.
I hope you enjoy this savory Sloppy Joe dish!
- 2-3 tablespoons vegetable oil or shortening
- 1 pound ground beef I use lean ground chuck.
- 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup carrots, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon thyme
- 2 tablespoons relish I use sweet relish
- 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard or your favorite mustard
- Heat the vegetable oil over medium heat in a heavy bottomed sauce pan.
- Add the onions and ground beef. Cook until the onions are soft and beef is cooked. Stir so that the beef breaks into small pieces.
- Stir in the carrots, celery, tomato sauce, salt, paprika, thyme, relish and mustard.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook until the meat sauce is very thick. This will take 1 1/2 - 2 hours. If you prefer, you can put the mixture in a casserole dish and bake at 350F for two hours.
- Serve warm on buns.