A super simple, fast and friendly dinner!
You learn so much about a person when you get married. Such as if you agree on smooth versus crunchy peanut butter (we don’t agree). Or “from a can” versus homemade sloppy joes. I had never had “from a can” and he had never had homemade. Huh. So, as the good husband that he is, he didn’t tell me for a few years that he wasn’t so sure about the homemade kind. But now he prefers my homemade sloppy joes!
And here’s the best part – these homemade sloppy joes are just as easy as any “from a can” kind. It’s one of my favorite “shoot-it’s-six-o’clock-and-I forgot-about-dinner” meals. I try to keep hamburger buns in the freezer and a can of tomato soup in my pantry for such nights. Everything else is something I always have on hand.
Obviously the most popular way to eat these in our family is on buns, but I made them once with roasted potatoes and I personally thought it was tasty that way. However, my kids gave the potatoes a thumbs down and asked where the buns were.
See… easiest ingredients ever. Ground beef, tomato soup, ketchup, sugar (brown or white), dried onions (optional), mustard, white vinegar and salt/pepper. All of that combined will give you one of the tastiest and easiest sloppy joes. Just for you, I measured the ingredients, but most of the time I just squirt the ketchup and mustard in the pan… and aim for twice as much ketchup as mustard. I’m usually pretty close.
Brown the ground beef and drain the grease if necessary. Then add the tomato soup, ketchup, mustard, sugar, vinegar and salt/pepper to the pan and stir to combine. Simmer on medium to medium-low until hot. Serve immediately on buns. It’s also a great sloppy joe recipe to make for a large crowd and keep warm in a crockpot.
I think this recipe came from my grandma’s church cookbook in the 70’s or 80’s. My mom made this recipe all the time when we were kids, and still does! Those cookbooks are so fun to flip through once in awhile. You never know what kind of gem you’ll find! Or read the scary things that some people thought was good food. Either way it’s entertainment!