Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sloppy Joes

Last night I was trying to think of something quick and easy...looking around I thought OH yeah, I'll make sloppy joes. No can, no jar, but home-made. I have done this before, no biggie.

hmmm biggie, I did not have any of the ingredients I normally use. Now what? So I popped over to my friend Cynthia's blog, Feeding Big, and was going to make her recipe. No go, didn't have what I needed, but I was close. So I improvised. It's what I do best.

Hope you like the recipe, my husband sure did. He said "Don't you ever bring another can of manwich in this house again" funny cause I can't tell you the last time I bought a can.

It really was good. I could have made a bucket full and it probably would have been eaten. Yes, it really was that good. Now when you see the ingredients you might think I've lost my mind. Trust me, it worked.

Sloppy Joes...homemade

1 lb lean ground beef
1/8 cup water
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 cup ketchup
1 TBSP yellow mustard
2-3 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 TBSP sweet and hot Asian chili sauce
2 TBSP molasses
2 red sweet salad bell peppers

Add the water, spices and ground meat in a skillet. Cook until almost done. Dice your peppers and add. Cook until the peppers start to wilt. Next mix the liquid ingredients in a bowl, add to the meat and peppers. Stir well and cover. Turn off the heat and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
Serve on a toasted bun with or without mustard and shredded cheese.
Add a salad or as we did slaw, fried potatoes and pickles.


  1. Hi Dawn, thank you for stopping in from GYB and leaving a comment. Chili is perfect and a winner at our place in the kind of weather we have been having the past week on the Bruce Peninsula. Hope you can pop in again sometime:

  2. mmm.. I'd love something hot and spicy! Will be meatless though.

    1. You could make this with the Morning Star Farms or Boca Burgers meat substitute.

  3. This looks really good and I am glad you could adapt my recipe to fit what you had in the pantry! Don't you just love it when things like this come together.

    Cynthia at

    1. I do love it. I had really wanted to try yours but now hubby says this is THE recipe. So guess this is it. ha

  4. Hi Dawn! I saw you linked up at the Grow Your Blog link party, and I just realized you are one of the hosts of a party I already link to- foodie friends friday! It's good to make those connections!

    I am now following you on facebook and I invite you to follow me back!
    Beth @ The First Year Blog

    1. Hi Beth, is good to be able to connect people and blogs. Thanks for linking and stopping by! I follow you on FB as well.