Sloppy Joes Comfort Food Recipe #3

A Kendall Oberto Recipe (#ROTD)

Sloppy Joes

A comfort food staple.
This recipe has been adapted over the years from the "Not So Sloppy Joe" recipe from The New Basics Cookbook by Rosso and Lukens.
I have changed up some of the quantities to fit my family's taste. I serve with good old store bought tater tots loaded with cheese, crumbled cooked bacon and green onions. Add a green salad and you are in business.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups onions chopped (or combine 1 cup of chopped onions and 1/2 cup green peppers)
  • 1 celery rib chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cajun or creole seasoning ( I prefer Tony Charchere's)
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp tabasco sauce
  • 4 poppy seed rolls
  • American Cheese


  • Sauté vegetables in olive oil until transparent, about 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and oregano and sauté until fragrant. Add beef and brown, drain excess oil. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until flavors meld, about an hour.
    Alternatively, I prefer to add sautéed vegetables, browned beef and remaining ingredients to a crock pot. Cook on high until simmering then reduce to low and cook about 4 hours.
    Adjust seasoning as desired.
    Serve on toasted rolls with American cheese.
    Happy Eating!!

Those who know me well know I don't care for bell peppers. As such, I don't use them in any of my recipes however they are a classic ingredient in sloppy joes so use them according to your personal taste.


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