Don't you just love when simple meal foods are inspired by items you already have in your kitchen? Friday night I decided I wanted to feed the family "Sloppy Joe's". One of their fav's and something we don't have very often, I'd say "once in a blue moon". 

I had hamburger meat that needed cooking and fresh buns. Since the kids were tired of "Pasta Night" this was a simple idea to throw together. The only problem was, no sloppy Joe mix. I did a quick google search and found this recipe.

It doesn't take many ingredients to make these delightful and delicious homemade 'Joes. The only differences between the original recipe I found online and my own is substituting some of the ingredients. 

Instead of Ketchup, I used tomato garlic pasta sauce. Instead of onions and peppers (which I had none of), I used a teaspoon of relish and I added a teaspoon of mustard (which it calls for), just a sprinkle of brown sugar and extra spices like paprika powder, salt, pepper and a dash of Red Hot sauce to taste. If you find this mix too runny, you can add half a teaspoon to a teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken the sauce.

Cook your ground beef as usual, lower the temperature to simmer and add in your homemade sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes or until the sauce thickens to your taste. Serve on fresh buns and there you go! Add some cheese and side with a salad to give it that extra something else! 

 Simple, tasty and homemade! 

This recipe is great because you can modify it to however you like with whatever ingredients you have on hand and the best part is, it takes just minutes so perfect quick meal or side for busy families on the go! 

Posted by AME. Modified recipe and photos by AME. Opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. 

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  1. seriously perfect timing. I think I'll be making this tonight. I haven't had these in years!! And I have ground beef with buns I need to use up today. Thanks!

  2. You're welcome! I'm so glad I could help! Enjoy! :)

  3. I haven't had sloppy joes in years. Totally forgot about them! I've never made it with home made sauce tho..thanks for recipe and now I have a craving for them!!


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