Sunday, March 8, 2015

Sloppy Joes

I love using fresh hamburger, but it always seems to take longer to make meals. So instead of using fresh hamburger, I buy a bunch, fry it up, and freeze the hamburger into meal sized portions. This saves me a lot of time with a little one, and a baby. Anyway, Sloppy Joes are a great summer meal to serve at a picnic, get-together, or just because they are so tasty.

Sloppy Joes:

1 lb Hamburger
2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 lg Onion
1 C Mushroom, diced
1/2 C Celery, sliced
1/2 C Catsup
1 C Tomatoes
3/4 C Water
3 tsp Taco Seasoning
Salt & Pepper
2 Tbs Tapioca (pudding powder)

Brown the hamburger in a skillet, and drain any left over fat. (If you're using frozen and already cooked hamburger, just toss it in the microwave to thaw while you work on the onions.) While hamburger is browning, in a separate skillet caramelize the onions in the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and celery until browned. Combine the hamburger and vegetables into one skillet. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low to medium heat for 15 minutes until slightly thickened. Remove from heat, and cool slightly. Serve warm on hamburger buns, with fresh sliced vegetables and a fruit salad. Serves 6-8.


  1. Hey Amy! I made this tonight and it was really good. I had to make a few adjustments, since we have a kid that won't eat mushrooms. I replaced them with a cup of diced bell peppers. And I didn't have any taco seasoning, but I had a can of chili-ready diced tomatoes that I pureed and put in for the 1 cup of tomato (?). Splashed in some soy sauce to replace some of the mushroom flavoring. Pretty happy with it. Thanks for sharing this! ~Ruth

  2. Great idea Ruth, I'm glad you liked it! I hope you are doing well!