There were some things I didn’t like very much until I tried the homemade version, things like pudding and grits. However, I hate to admit that I’ve always liked sloppy joes! I remember sloppy joe day in our school cafeteria, I always ate lunch at school that day.
The problem that I had as a mom making sloppy joes was the ingredients! I had only ever had the sloppy joe sauce from a can and I just didn’t want to use that processed food anymore. So, I just didn’t make sloppy joe’s. THEN, I saw that Natalie from Perry’s Plate was making homemade sloppy joe’s. We tried it and loved it.
If you didn’t like sloppy joe’s, I think you should give this one a try! It’s way better than the canned version!
This is the tasty recipe that we like to use. It doubles nicely if you are a big family like us. It’s a wonderful and quick weeknight dinner idea!
Homemade Sloppy Joe’s Recipe
Yield: Serves 4
Total Time: About 30 minutes
1 1/2 pounds ground beef (organic, grass-fed, if possible)
15—ounce can tomato sauce (two 8—ounce cans are also fine)
1/2 teaspoon dried, ground sage
2 tablespoons plain yellow mustard
1 1 /2 teaspoons dried minced onion
1/3 cup ketchup
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (see note)
Note: Use arrowroot powder if you want to make this recipe grain-free. You can also substitute the same amount of cornstarch or double the amount of all-purpose flour.
When the meat is brown, add the remaining ingredients. Stir well and simmer over medium—low heat for about 10 minutes.
Serving options: We really like this on top of sweet potatoes. You can serve it with your choice of buns or lettuce leaves. It’s great topped with shredded cheese and pickles, too.
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