Our Country Kitchen
Our Country Kitchen brings you amazingly tasty recipes each week, using Goodparla’s finest Missouri pasture raised beef.
Need something quick and easy? Maybe a little kid friendly with some hidden veggies? We’ve got you covered here in Goodparla’s Country Kitchen. May we present to you a fast and easy, crowd pleaser Sloppy Joe recipe! Featuring our perfectly balanced ground beef, simmered in a mouthwatering sauce and then generously heaped on top of a toasted bun; this recipe is an absolute winner. Did we mention you can get this on the table in less than 35 minutes? While we will give your our very best homemade sauce recipe, you can also swap out the sauce for a pre-made one like Manwich!
The best part about any sloppy joe recipe is that it is fast, simple and a kid friendly dinner that will leave your family’s plates licked clean! The reason why we love it here over at Goodparla is that you can make tons of different versions of sloppy joes by adding or substituting pantry staple ingredients. The variety and ability to add in some many different ingredients means this dish will never get stale and will be an extremely tasty and must-have edition to your weekly dinner menu!
Keep on reading below to check out our signature sauce and all the variety you can have with this one simple recipe!
Let’s get saucy!
Sloppy Joes are a household staple if you’ve got kids and we think our recipe makes them enjoyable for the whole family! The key to really making a delicious sloppy joe is to make sure you simmer your ground beef in a perfectly balanced sauce; and here in Our Country Kitchen, our sauce is just 5 simple, everyday ingredients that you’re sure to already have in your pantry. We use:
- Ketchup – we recommend using a high-quality variety for the very best results! This way you’ll get a more flavorful base for your sloppy joe sauce. If you are a fan of extra tomatoey flavor in your sloppy joes, a great addition for your recipe would be to add in a tablespoon of tomato paste.
- Worcestershire Sauce – the umami added by the Worcestershire sauce is what gives your sauce its depth and flavor and that zing that makes your tastebuds water. You can always substitute soy sauce for Worcestershire sauce if you don’t have this readily available in your pantry.
- Brown Sugar – we prefer using dark brown sugar anytime it has to do with any beef dish! It adds a layer of earthy sweetness and brings added moisture to the meat and sauce. It’s also critical to making your sloppy joe sauce have that ‘just right’ amount of sweet to it.
- Yellow Mustard – classic, yellow prepared mustard brings your sauce together with its acid and distinctive tang. This is one of those ingredients that if you don’t have it, you should probably just leave it out altogether. Other types of mustard don’t substitute well for this recipe, as it just isn’t the same taste for this classic recipe.
- BBQ Sauce – this just adds another layer of balance to the sweet and tangy of your sloppy joe recipe. You can omit this based on preference and availability.
We like to keep this sauce simple, however, nothing is ever easier than opening a jar of pre-made sauce and adding it to your dish. We highly recommend using a high-quality name brand pre-made sauce, such as Manwich, if you want to go that route. It definitely has the classic taste and substitutes perfectly with our sauce recipe. Skip step four of the recipe instructions and just add in the pre-made sauce in step-five and you will be minutes away from having an easy and delicious dinner on your table.
Veggies? What Veggies?
Sometimes, one of the greatest wins as a parent can be wrangling your kids into eating their vegetables, and sometimes, its an even bigger win when they don’t even realize they are eating them! This sloppy joe recipe includes about ½ cup of peeled and diced carrots, but you can add so many different veggies and your kids won’t even notice. Besides carrots, you could try adding zucchini, diced bell peppers or even diced mushrooms! We suggest that whatever you add, that you dice it up and sauté it as instructed in step two below.
Enjoy this incredibly easy, kid-friendly sloppy joe recipe for any night of the week!
Sloppy Joes Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 25 minutes | Serves: 4 to 6
- 1 pound of Goodparla ground beef
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- ½ yellow onion
- 2 small carrots (about ½ cup)
- ½ cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
- 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 4 to 6 hamburger buns
- Dice one half of a small to medium sized onion. Peel and dice 2 small carrots (about ½ cup). Mince garlic cloves.
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add garlic, onion and carrots to the skillet. Sautee for 5 to 7 minutes, until onion is translucent and carrots soft. Set aside.
- Brown the ground beef. Break up the beef as it cooks for about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain excess grease.
- While beef is browning, whisk together in a small bowl the ketchup, BBQ Sauce, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
- Add sauce to skillet and mix to coat beef thoroughly. Simmer on low heat for about ten minutes.
- Toast hamburger buns, assemble sloppy joes and enjoy!