This recipe is Just Like Mom’s because it is my mom’s recipe.
Sloppy Joe was always a favorite in our house, especially when she made fresh-baked bread with it. It was for cold winter evenings, and in my memories we sat in the living room and watched TV while we ate.
This is her recipe as she gave it to me. The only change I made is adding garlic powder. You know I love garlic, and so that’s in there too, now. Other than that, this is how she passed it on to me. I usually double the batch and make it in my deep fry pan so there are plenty of leftovers. I don’t eat mine on the bun. I just eat a bowl of it, and I love, love, love it that way. It also works well with saltine crackers or low-carb pita pockets.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did as a kid, and as much as my family does now.
- 1 lb lean ground beef (I often use half beef/half ground turkey)
- 1 chopped onion
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- 1/3 cup chopped green pepper (or other sweet pepper)
- 2/3 Tblsp worchestershire sauce
- 1/3 cup ketchup (I use the Heinz reduced sugar)
- 2/3 tsp salt/pepper
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 1 – 6 oz can tomato paste
- ¾ cup water (not needed if there is a lot of moisture from the cooked veggies)
- 1 Tblsp vinegar
- 1 tsp brown sugar (3 drops liquid sucralose)
- 1/3 tsp dry mustard
- Brown beef, onions, celery and green pepper until veggies tender and beef cooked through.
- Add rest of the ingredients and cook until bubbly.
- Serve on toasted buns.