Friday, January 6, 2012

food (food) | sloppy joes

I never went to summer camp.  The closest I got to overnight camp was with my 7th grade class and that wasn't more than 2 nights away from home.  So needless to say I never got the opportunity to get sick of camp meals like spaghetti night or sloppy joes night.  The first time I ate sloppy joes was when I slept over at one of my friend's house in 6th grade and I'm pretty sure my friend thought I was crazy for never having it.  But growing up in a Filipino household, having food like Chicken Adobo and Lumpia was more common than burgers and fries.  So from time to time, I crave a part of my late youth and want something like sloppy joes to remind me the non-traditional childhood foods I rarely had.  Instead of cheating by using stuff from the can or a powder mix, I created my own version which my husband gave 2 thumbs up!


What you'll need:
  • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 15oz can of tomato sauce
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1.5 lbs of ground sirloin (you can substitute with ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp of worcester sauce
  • 2.5 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil


  1. In a large pan, heat olive oil and saute bell pepper and onion for 2 - 3 minutes before onions become too translucent
  2. Add ground sirloin and break down meat until brown
  3. Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, garlic powder, worcester sauce, brown sugar, salt, black pepper and mix until all items have combined evenly
  4. Bring to a boil and lower to medium - low heat
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes 
  6. Serve on your favorite roll or bun (I serve mine on an Udi's gluten free roll and it's delish) with your favorite fixings. I toasted my roll and added a slice of american and gouda cheese.  You really can't go wrong. 



    Sandy said...

    OMG I AM OBSESSED WITH SLOPPY JOES!! Thanks for sharing this recipe Tabitha!!

    LC said...

    i`ve actually NEVER had a sloppy joe before! i`m definitely going to have to try this recipe, it looks so yummy..but messy! i would love to see more recipe posts!!

    erin♥ said...

    This looks so yummy! Can't wait to make it :)

    Wendy from Udi's said...

    This looks delicious Tabitha! Thanks for mentioning our buns. :)

    EvaNadine said...

    ive had a healthy sloppy joe recipe in my arsenal for a while now. sometimes you just need those youthful comfort foods!

    Mariana Ross said...

    Tabs, we were at Camp Don Bosco for a week in the 6th grade...and the food was terrible. Remember? It was the first time I tried Oatmeal, gross! Thanks for the recipe.

    Laura Go said...

    my husband loves sloppy joes, but me? not so much. I think it may be the ground beef. Yours look super nums, though!

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights

    Kristen said...

    That's about my recipe for sloppy joes too. Haven't had them in a while, but they will hit the spot this week! Thanks for the idea.

    Rebecca said...

    I went to summer camp, but it was a Norwegian language camp so we never ate the typical camp foods.

    MizzJ said...

    I HAVE to try this recipe as I've never had a Sloppy Joe either!! I didn't grow up eating anything "ordinary" like that, it was more Chinese food for me! For awhile I was obsessed with eating meat loaf, which looks a bit similar to this.