Simple Sloppy Joes

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Sloppy Joes

Go ahead sing it. “Sloppy joe, sloppy sloppy joe.” Maybe nobody remembers that Adam Sandler song. It came out during his Saturday Night Live prime. I took 5 years of Spanish during junior high and high school, including AP Spanish. This is the extent of what I remember:

La papa del papá del Papa. 

This means, “the Pope’s father’s potato.”  I also remember the lyrics to the Sloppy Joe/Lunch Lady song. (Which aren’t even in Spanish, but one of my classmates, Melissa brought that Adam Sandler CD to class everyday and we listened to it while we were “working.” But you can see how hard I was studying and paying attention. Bless Señora White’s heart, she did not have a lot of classroom management skills.)

“Well, yesterday’s meatloaf is today’s sloppy joes.”

Good news, we aren’t going to reuse any cafeteria food in this recipe.

This recipe is ridiculously easy. It is kid friendly too. My kids love sloppy joes. Is that universal? I prefer to use ground turkey and nobody has ever called me on it. Do whatever you want. This is a great warm weather meal because you can send the kids outside to eat it. Then they don’t “sloppy joe” all over your floor :)

“Well me and sloppy joe got married. We got six kids and we’re doing just fine. Down in LunchLady Land.”

I really have no idea what that means. Just try the sloppy joes!

Sloppy Joe’s

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Sloppy Joe’s


  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey (I use ground turkey)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoons water (more if needed)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 hamburger or kaiser type rolls


  1. In a skillet brown ground beef/turkey. Break up meat as it is browning. Drain excess grease.
  2. While meat is browning, in a medium mixing bowl combine rest of ingredients.
  3. After meat is browned nicely, stir sauce into meat. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium low to maintain low simmer and cover. Cook until sauce is thickened. If sauce cooks down too much and it appears dry, add a few tablespoons of water.
  4. Serve over toasted hamburger or kaiser type rolls.

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    • AnitaAnita says

      Remember the part about Spanish class? See how it is related? Just kidding that was completely accidental. I forgot it was cinco de mayo :)

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