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Easy Sloppy Joe’s

Easy Sloppy Joe’s

My 4 year old son, Kyson, took this picture…..

Impressive, yeah?  He was really interested in the little photo shoot I was doing with the Sloppy Joe’s and asked if he could arrange the food and then take a picture. How do you say no to that? Obviously, I didn’t. Turned out better than I thought.

Kyson also happens to be the picky eater around our house. He is about the sweetest, most stubborn kid in the world.  Just the other night he saw what I put on the table for dinner (freaking amazing chicken enchiladas), turned his head and said “nope, I’m not eating that,” and proceeded to completely skip dinner. Blake, our oldest, made sure to remind him that he would STAAAARVE!!!! if he didn’t eat, but Kyson didn’t care. He played in his room until we were all done eating and didn’t complain once about being hungry.

Kyson knows what he wants.

He also surprises us constantly. Like, when I made Sloppy Joe’s two nights ago and reminded him that he loved “messy hamburgers” and he sat down, smiled, and said “Oh yeah! I love these!” and then ate almost a full one. Go figure.

So, if you’re like me and ain’t got time for that, (whatever that is), have a busy life, and need something fast and easy that is a crowd-pleaser, these Sloppy Joe’s are pretty much impossible to mess up. You can simmer them for 30 minutes or 3 hours. Crockpot or stove. Tonight’s dinner or Freezer meal. Add more A-1 or add more ketchup. No matter what, they’re delish!

Easy Sloppy Joe's
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Fast and easy Sloppy Joe's are perfect for a busy weeknight...simmer on the stove or in a crock-pot and you're sure to please the crowd!
Karissa Dodds:
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 lbs hamburger, raw
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1, 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1-2 Tbsp. A-1 sauce
  • ½ Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Combine hamburger and onion in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until hamburger is browned and onions are soft. Drain off the fat.
  2. Return meat to the pot and add all remaining ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Stove top: Bring to a gentle simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes-3 hours. I prefer to simmer on the stove for about an hour.
  4. Crock-pot: cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  5. Serve on hamburger buns or hard rolls.
  6. To freeze: Combine all ingredients with the cooked hamburger and stir well. Transfer Sloppy Joe's into freezer safe container and freeze before cooking. To reheat and cook, thaw in the fridge overnight and follow the cooking instructions for stove top or crock-pot.


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