Making homemade Sloppy Joes doesn’t require a can of sauce! You can easily whip these up with pantry staples for a quick meal your family is sure to love!
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Simple meals are my jam right now. With three small kiddos running around, I don’t have a lot of extra time to be experimenting in the kitchen preparing our meals. I like having tried and true meals to make for my family, particularly meals that don’t require a lot of effort!
This meal brings about a bit of nostalgia for me. Raise your hand if you loved Sloppy Joes growing up! Yep, I thought so. I’m sure most of us can remember our moms opening a can of Manwich to whip up a quick and easy lunch or dinner.
It’s actually really simple to make homemade Sloppy Joes without the can. This recipe is a version I’ve adapted from both a Pioneer Woman recipe and a recipe from the Picky Palate cookbook that I received as a Christmas gift a few years ago (which is a great book, by the way).
Using basic pantry staples, you can make the sauce while you brown some ground beef (or ground turkey, if you prefer). The sauce is slightly spicy and a little tangy, so it’s perfect! I also love the addition of some veggies, because nobody really notices that they’re in there. Muahahaha.
If you have a kid with supersonic vision who can spot a veggie a mile away, you can always shred the carrots instead of chopping them, making them easier to disguise.
The only thing that takes a little bit of time is chopping the veggies, but even that only takes a few minutes. If you’re really short on time, grab a bag of frozen mirepoix (onions, carrots, and celery) from your grocery store. Then all you’ll need to chop up is the bell pepper.
You can serve it on hamburger buns, rolls, french bread, or plain ol’ sliced sandwich bread. Whatever you have on hand is fine!
Leftovers freeze well, so you can always double the recipe and freeze the extra for later if you want to. This was one of the many freezer meals I made during each of my pregnancies, and it was super helpful to have a variety of meals at the ready after the baby arrived.
We often bake french fries to go along with these sandwiches, or you can serve with a salad or pita chips or whatever floats your boat!
Add these homemade Sloppy Joes to your next weekly meal plan–I think you’ll love them!