Homemade Sloppy Joes 

 Originally Written: April 14, 2009

By  Hanna Trafford

Last Updated on April 16, 2009 by Hanna Trafford

sloppy_joeI know that it is a barbecue season – but these are all time favourite so before everyone gets into grilling juicy hamburgers – try this recipe – maybe on a rainy, cool day. Some things are just plain good and this one certainly qualifies.

Serve these sloppy joes on the softest, spongiest hamburger rolls you can find. They’re perfect for holding the filling in place and soaking up the delicious sauce.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

1 pound of lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
8-ounce package of mushrooms, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic
8 ounces tomato sauce
1/4 cup ketchup
1 Tablespoon cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 tsp salt
8 hamburger buns

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef. Remove beef from the pan and pour off excess fat. Still over medium-high heat, cook the onions in little of the beef fat until they are softened and translucent, about five minutes. Add the celery and mushrooms, and cook until the mushrooms have released all their moisture and turned golden brown in spots, about eight minutes. Add the garlic and saute for about thirty seconds.

Return the ground beef to the pan, and add the remaining ingredients.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking. If the sauce is too thin, simmer uncovered for another 5-10 minutes until the desired thickness is reached.

Serve on warmed buns – I like to to top the hot meat filling with shredded cheese – that makes it really special!


Hanna Trafford

Hanna is the mother of two grown sons Dan and Dusan Nedelko, and is also the Grandmother to Jax, Cohen and Mila. She is the lead editor of Mama Knows and is hoping to create an exchange of communications with other grandmothers, mothers and daughters - giving everyone the opportunity to learn and share about everything that is "Mama"

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