Easy and Cheap Sloppy Joes and Leftover Sloppy Joes

I made a huge batch of sloppy joes the other day because we had some other kids over and because I bought on clearance the other day:  70/30 ground beef for 1.79/lb and 90/10 ground beef for  3.09/lb.  I mixed a package of each together to give us a little more moderate amounts of grease fat.  I know, I know- 3.09 /lb doesn’t sound cheap but it is regularly 4.79!  If you average the two, it comes to 2.44/lb which is pretty good for 80/20 beef.  Anyway,  on with my ramblings. . . . .

Sloppy Joes

1 lb ground beef, browned and drained (cook a chopped onion in with it if desired)

Heaping Tbl brown sugar (or similar combo of sugar, molasses, honey)

1/2 tsp mustard

1/4-1/2 cup ketchup


After draining beef, return it to the skillet and stir in the remaining ingredients.  With the ketchup, use your judgement starting out with a small amount and adding more until you get the consistency you prefer.  Simmer until flavors are well blended- approx. 5-10 min. or place in crockpot on low until ready to serve.

Need to stretch your hamburger to serve a few more?  You can add a stalk or two of celery and more onion  (chopped fine so the kids won’t notice)  to your ground beef when browning.  This will add maybe one more serving.  To get even more, stir in a  handful of instant rice right before you turn the heat down to simmer.  Simmer with the lid on for the 5-10 min.  I have also heard of people adding quick oats or refried beans but I have not done those myself.

Leftover Sloppy Joes?

You can use leftover sloppy joe meat for:

  • nachos
  • tacos
  • sloppy joe casserole (Spread in bottom of square pan.  Sprinkle on some cheese. Make drop bisquit dough – or bisquick casserole topping on side of box.  Spread on top.  bake)
  • spagetti sauce or goulash (because of the sugar in the sloppy meat, rinse your meat under hot water to remove some of the sloppy sauce, then add to your spagetti or goulash.  It will be slightly sweeter than regular but still good)
  • sloppy joe cheeseburger pizza

OR just leave it in the fridge for a week and feed it to the dog (ha ha ha- now that is funny!  you know you’ve done it!!  a million times Isn’t truly amazing how real life “truths” are often the funniest things ever!!??)


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