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While reading through a file on kitchen detailing in The HomeMaker’s Mentor, I was pleasantly surprised by finding some recipes. Homemade Sloppy Joes was the one that really caught my eye and I knew I wanted to make it as a foundation for a family dinner. (Official review of The HomeMaker’s Mentor is coming soon!)
For this particular batch, I went with the ‘main’ recipe guidelines that start with 3 pounds of ground beef. If you do not use beef in your recipes, feel free to substitute ground chicken or turkey (or possibly a vegetarian alternative product.) The final product will taste a little different, but I’m sure it will still be yummy.
As this is a crock pot recipe, I was able to do my prep work (browning the meat, chopping the vegetables, and assembling everything into the crock pot) in the morning before heading to work. How freeing to know we had the foundation for our meal cooking all day and ready to be consumed.
Here’s how it looked right before we served up dinner:
Many thanks to Jim Erksine for granting permission to share the recipe with my readers. The ingredients match the original, but I changed the directions a little bit and offered a substitution I made for this go around. I know this dish will be made several times this winter for my family and quite possibly for a few ‘potluck’ meals with the parish youth group.
Does your family enjoy sloppy joes?
What easy meals do you make to feed the crowds?
Easy to make sloppy joes I was out of tomato sauce as called for in the original recipe, I substituted half a can of tomato paste with approximately 6 ounces of water.
Alternative serving ideas would be to serve this over pasta or another grain of choice. I've also had someone tell me they like to eat sloppy joes dip like with chips.
Easy to make sloppy joes
I was out of tomato sauce as called for in the original recipe, I substituted half a can of tomato paste with approximately 6 ounces of water.