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Ground beef recipe: The easiest sloppy joes ever can be ready in 15 minutes

sloppy joes
sloppy joes
Sherry Smith-Noble

Sloppy Joes is the meal that everyone loves – they are so much better than plain hamburgers. The best part is that it takes very few ingredients and no more than 15 minutes. This easy and quick recipe has a taste that appeals to all ages, as sloppy joes are a throw-back to everyone’s childhood. The perfect answer to the question “What’s for dinner?”

Where did Sloppy Joes originate? Was there ever a Joe? It appears that a couple restaurants (one in Florida – which is called Sloppy Joes -- and one in Iowa) lay claim to the invention, but food makes the assumption that it was a way for people to use less meat by adding things to it. It seems to tie it in with “loose meat sandwiches” popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

This particular recipe is from a cookbook for kids from the 1960s. It’s absolutely a recipe that’s easy enough for kids to prepare and it’s appealing enough for everyone’s palate.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

Ingredients for Sloppy Joes (enough for about 4):

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 4 hamburger rolls

Directions for making Sloppy Joes:

Cook the ground beef and onion in skillet, chopping the beef as it cooks so that it is crumbly. Drain well. Add the brown sugar and ketchup – mix well (adjust the brown sugar and ketchup measurements to fit your own tastes). Serve on the hamburger rolls. (To make them amazing, lightly butter the hamburger rolls and toast them in the oven for a couple minutes before filling them with the meat mixture – yum!)

Other easy ground beef recipes:

Ground beef casserole – layers ground beef with potatoes for a delicious twist

Ground beef and tater tot casserole – a favorite with everyone

Ground beef and pasta recipe – so easy, so delicious

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