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I feel like sloppy joes are one of those overlooked comfort foods. I mean, they certainly don’t upstage foods like mashed potatoes or mac and cheese or chicken pot pie (read: carb overload foods), but they do deserve a comfort food mention. Your mom probably made them on weeknights while you were growing up, maybe accompanied by some homemade french fries or corn-on-the-cob (depending on the season). Sloppy joes just take me back to my childhood.

And do you know why your mom made sloppy joes on weeknights? Because they are so dang quick and easy. The most time consuming part of this whole process is browning your ground beef (or feel free to lighten things up with some ground turkey). Once you do that, you throw in the other ingredients and let everything simmer for just a bit until the sauce thickens up to your liking.

Once you make these, hang on to the leftovers, because later this week I will be giving you my mom’s favorite quick-and-easy way to re-purpose those sloppy joes!

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Adapted from Better Homes and Garden

Sloppy Joes
 
Yield: About 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Peel the carrots and onions. Cut each into several large pieces, then pulse in a food processor until finely diced. You don't want a puree situation on your hands - just a very fine dice.
  2. Place the onion and carrot mixture in a large pan with the ground beef. Cook over high heat until the beef is cooked through. Remove from heat and drain the fat. Return the meat and vegetable mixture to the pan. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer over medium-low heat, uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until desired consistency.

 
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Natalie

Thursday 7th of March 2013

Just made your recipe, a hit!!

Stephie

Thursday 7th of March 2013

You can't see me, but I'm giving you a big thumbs up! So glad you enjoyed it :-)

Betsy

Monday 4th of March 2013

Made these tonight, they are great! Thanks for sharing!

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Wednesday 20th of February 2013

[...] earlier this week when I told you to hang on to your sloppy joe leftovers? Now you find out [...]

Jamie Tidwell

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Your pictures of your food are so beautiful! I want to take it off the screen and eat it!

Stephie

Wednesday 20th of February 2013

Aw, thank you! That's very sweet.

cookingactress

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Do you know who loves Sloppy Joes??

Michael. He is gonna be thrilled :P

Stephie

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Haha! I aim to please ;-)