These an old fashioned family classic that part comfort food part cafeteria staple, and 100% delicious! YES! These Classic Sloppy Joes are the ground beef dinner you’ve been waiting for.
I’m always looking for a new way to use ground beef or even ground turkey. We always seem to have it and it’s so convenient to pull a package out and let it thaw while I rack my brain for something new to make.
Classic Sloppy Joes, while not new, are certainly a nice way to change up the dinner menu. If you haven’t had one since grade school it might be time to try Classic Sloppy Joes for dinner tonight.
A Quick Dinner!
And when they roll in ready to eat in under 25 minutes you can count on everyone being happy about dinner, the hungry man-cubs, the hangry teens, the cook and probably even the dog, if she’s lucky.
Classic Sloppy Joes
Did you Have Sloppy Joes in a Real Cafeteria?
I remember Sloppy Joes day as the day I never had hot school lunch. I only got a hot lunch a few times a week and I saved it for pizza day and hamburger day.
Sloppy Joes? No way. And I’d just like to remind you that back when I went to school they were still making real food in schools. And it actually was decent, none of this vacuum-packed food, hermetically sealed in cardboard trays you see nowadays.
I grew up in the era of the Manwich, the can of sauce dedicated to turning your pound of ground beef into something better. That was a big no, my mom did not play the Manwich game or even the Hamburger Helper game, it was straight-up homemade or bust.
What I’m trying to say is that I think I could actually count on one hand the number of times I’ve had a Sloppy Joe. When staring down a pack of ground beef I was thawing I decided to change that number and make real homemade Sloppy Joes.
I wasn’t sure how my boys might react to something totally different. But luckily hunger was on my side and they thoroughly enjoyed something new in the good old Classic Sloppy Joe.
- 1 TBSP butter, optional only needed if your beef is very lean
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 1/2 small onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup celery, chopped
- 1/2 sweet bell pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules, minced in jars, or dried minced or powder work as well, just adjust amounts to your liking
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 TBSP quick cooking rolled oats, you can use whole regular rolled oats just lay them on the cutting board and chop them with a big knife first
- 8 hamburger buns, toasted if you prefer
- melt the butter, if you're using it, in a dutch oven over medium high heat, begin to brown the ground beef, cooking and breaking it up
- after 5 minutes add the onions, celery and peppers, cook about 2 more minutes
- then add the rest of the ingredients through the rolled oats
- bring to a boil then reduce heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes, don't let it burn reduce heat to keep it simmering
- after 10 minutes remove the lid and continue simmering until the sauce is reduced and thickened about 5 minutes, stir as needed
- taste for salt and pepper, add if necessary
- serve on hamburger buns