Sloppy Joes are one of those foods that I either love or hate, depending on the recipe used. I’m guessing that most of us prefer the kind that we grew up with, rather it was sweet, spicy, saucy, meaty. . . you get the idea. Sloppy Joes sometimes get a bad rap, but I think they are nostalgic comfort food for some of us. Myself included. I have another sloppy joe recipe that I also love, but this is the one I grew up with. I remember helping my mom squirt in the mustard and ketchup when I was just tiny. And yes, it contains canned soup. Don’t freak out on me.
For me, when it comes to sloppy joes, the bun is just as important as the filling. I make my own buns when I have the time. If you don’t have the time or desire to make your own, I recommend buying rolls from the bakery section of the grocery store. Even those are infinitely better than the packaged hamburger buns. Trust me on this one!
Easy Sloppy Joes
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 can condensed chicken gumbo soup
3/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp curry powder
1 Tbsp brown sugar
Brown ground beef in a skillet with the diced onion. Drain off any fat. Add the remaining ingredients and stir together. Simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more ketchup or a little water if you want them more saucy.