April 21, 2011

Not Yo Mama's Sloppy Joe

I haven't been to the grocery store in a couple of weeks.  I know, right!  I just haven't wanted to go.  What have I been doing for dinner, you ask.  Freezer diving!  I went freezer diving the other night and came up with ground beef and Cole's garlic bread.  What to do, what to do?  I went foodie blog diving!  I stumbled across Jessica over at The Learning Curve.  She had a fanfreakintabulous looking sloppy joe recipe and I just so happened to have most of the ingredients she asked for.  I did a little compromising with the ingredients I didn't have but it came out fanfreakintabulous!

Not Yo Mama's Sloppy Joe

Yield: 4 servings (I doubled mine so we could have left-overs)
Any changes I made are in italics

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (I used chopped jalepeno's in a jar)
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (I didn't have any)
  • one 15.5-ounce can small red or pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed (I used Bush's chili beans)
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce (I used one 15 oz. can of tomato sauce)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (I used one 6 oz. can of tomato paste cuz I didn't read directions very carefully)
  • 1/2 cup medium salsa
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses (I didn't have any so I used honey)
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • whole-wheat hamburger buns (I used Cole's garlic bread)
  1. Brown the meat and onion in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard.
  2. Add the garlic, jalapeño, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the buns (garlic bread), reduce heat to low, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  3. Serve over hamburger buns (garlic bread) and enjoy!
Adapted The Learning Curve!

~ Enjoy!


  1. It looks delicious. Thanks for telling us what you substituted. This is something I could try to make.


  2. looks good with the bread

  3. Thanks!

    Jennie, this is totally something you could make. It was a lot like a casserole only in the skillet :)

  4. Fanfreakintastic is right! Nice work with the freezer diving!

  5. I've never quite known what a Sloppy Joe was so thanks for clearing that up for me. This looks like a really good recipe to introduce me to the dish! Have a great weekend.

  6. Oh my.. that first picture got me salivating. Great recipe!

  7. Thanks, Sarah, Hester and Franklin! The left-overs were just as good :)

  8. Looks so delicious Dee! I enjoy reading your creation out of freezer! It's so windy and cold here right now, and the first picture, with steam from the food, makes me want to eat this so bad!

  9. Just one more thing... I LOVE what you did with your recipe index and all. New font is cool one too! I bet you will be changing every 6 months just like home furniture? LOL. I love it!

  10. Lol, thanks Nami! You are totally on target, my blog is changing as much as my house is ever changing!

  11. Thanks Echo! It was da bomb :)

  12. Anonymous16.7.11

    Thanks so much for your comments!! I am glad I came across this recipe here! I keep meaning to make these for my family. We grew up with them in Ohio - but I never see them since I came South! . . . but you are in Louisiana! I love the steam in your picture!


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