Every once in a while you crave a taste of childhood. When i was growing up my mom made us sloppy joes with plain potato chips. They were awesome. You would eat the sloppy joes and whatever fell out you would scoop up with the potato chips. This week I was craving sloppy joes so I called my mother and asked for her recipe. They were just as good as I remembered them.

A childhood favorite, also great on hot dogs
A childhood favorite, also great on hot dogs

The key to eating sloppy joes is soft hamburger buns and lots of potato chips.

Sloppy Joes – (From Mom)

  • 1 lb ground beef (I use 80/20)
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 2 stalks celery or 1 tbs celery seed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs prepared mustard
  • pinch salt

Preheat a fry pan and place the ground beef and a couple of pinches of salt in the pan.  Brown the meat.

Place the meat in a preheated pan with a couple of pinches of salt
Place the meat in a preheated pan with a couple of pinches of salt

While the meat is browning slice up the green peppers into equal sized chunks.

PeppersChopped

Dice up the onion into chunks that are about the same size as the green peppers.

OnionDiced

If you have celery, dice it up into equal sized chunks.  I forgot to get celery at the grocery store so I used 1tbs of celery seed.

When the meat is almost all browned place the vegetables into the pan.  Stirring frequently finish browning the meat.

Add the veggies when the meat is almost browned
Add the veggies when the meat is almost browned

When the meat is browned, drain the meat.  Then stir in the tomato soup, ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.  If you don’t have diced celery add the celery seed at this point.

Add the tomoto soup, ketchup, mustard, and celery seed (optional).
Add the tomoto soup, ketchup, mustard, and celery seed (optional).

Bring to a boil then lower the heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce thickens.

Thickened and ready to eat
Thickened and ready to eat

Serve on soft hamburger buns with a side of chips.

Extremely tasty and sloppy
Extremely tasty and sloppy

These sloppy joes are awesome and 10x better than the canned stuff. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.

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