Today’s Best Recipe is 5 Ingredient Sloppy Joes with just five ingredients.
Easy recipes are a must for busy weeknight dinners, and this easy sloppy joe recipe is a quick meal the whole family will enjoy.
What is a Sloppy Joe?
It’s a simple recipe for a hot, messy sandwich.
A Sloppy Joe is a sandwich made with ground beef, ketchup, and Worcestershire Sauce.
You can saute chopped onions, as they are a common ingredient.
The meat is then sandwiched on a hamburger bun.
This is NOT the Canned Sloppy Joe:
My children will eat almost anything.
The night I decided canned sloppy joe was an easy dinner recipe was the night we ended up ordering pizza.
No one would eat it.
If I make easy homemade sloppy joes, they gather and feast!
Five simple ingredients for delicious flavors!
We like to serve ours with sweet potato fries, potato chips, or a simple green veggie.
Origin of the Sloppy Joe:
Its origin is typically credited to Floyd Angell’s Café cook, Joe, in Sioux City, Iowa.
He is said to have added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwiches, which became popular.
There’s a second legend to the origin.
The second one gives credit to Ernest Hemingway, who is said to have enjoyed Sloppy Joe’s in Havana, Cuba.
He convinced his friend Joe Russell who has a bar named the Silver Slipper in Key West.
Apparently, the floor was always wet due to selling liquor and seafood, and the customers liked to talk trash to Joe about how sloppy an establishment he ran.
The legend says Hemingway convinced Russel to change the bar’s name to Sloppy Joe’s and serve the sandwich, which may have been inspired by the Cuban dishes Ropa Vieja and Picadillo.
The Silver Slipper (or is it Sloppy Joe’s?) is one of the top places to visit while in Florida.
Whichever legend you choose to believe (I tend to be of the first origin of thought), it’s hard to disagree that Sloppy Joe’s are a delicious sandwich!
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Sloppy Joes With Just 5 Ingredients
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Quick and Easy
Sloppy Joe Recipe Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup ketchup or tomato paste
1/4 cup mustard
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
How to Make the Best 5-Ingredients Sloppy Joe Sandwiches:
Make the Sloppy Joe Mixture:
In a large skillet, over medium high heat, brown ground beef.
Use a wooden spoon to break up meat.
Drain the grease.
Make Sloppy Joe Sauce:
To a small saucepan, add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire Sauce.
Stir until well combined.
Heat sauce mixture over medium heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
Toast Hamburger Buns:
Place buns face up on a baking sheet and place in a preheated 350°F oven on top rack until buns are warmed through and lightly crispy, about 5 minutes.
To keep the buns from getting too crunchy or hard after toasting, place them in a nice basket with a towel over them or wrap them in tinfoil; you can toast 30 minutes to an hour ahead of time.
Scoop beef mixture onto hamburger bun and serve.
Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container.
Make a double or triple batch and freeze the leftovers.
You can freeze them in a freezer bag.
Then reheat in a crockpot or in a skillet for an easy, last-minute dinner!
You can also portion the meat mixture into silicone cupcake molds and then place it in a freezer bag.
It’s an easy prep-ahead dish.
You can skip the bread and serve it over rice or cauliflower rice.
Jazz It Up:
Add 1 small chopped onion to the meat while browning.
Add 1 small, chopped bell pepper to the meat mixture while browning meat.
Try adding chili powder, red pepper flakes, bbq sauce, olive oil, or other spices to kick it up.
For a quick prep:
Use leftover marinara and season.
Sloppy Joe's With Just 5-Ingredients
Today's Best Recipe is Sloppy Joes with just 5 ingredients. This easy sloppy joe recipe is a quick meal the whole family will enjoy.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3/4 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup mustard
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 Hamburger Buns
- Make the Sloppy Joe: In a large skillet, over medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain the grease. Add the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire Sauce. Stir until well combined. Heat over medium heat until warmed through, about 5 minutes.
- Serve: Scoop meat mixture onto hamburger bun and serve.
Jazz It Up: Add 1 small chopped onion to the meat while browning.
Pro Tip: Toasting the hamburger buns in the oven at 350-degrees for 3 minutes will help keep the bun firm while eating.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 996mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 19gProtein: 36g
The Nutritional Information may not be accurate.
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