Sloppy Joes made without tomato paste. You probably have all of the ingredients need for this super easy Sloppy Joe recipe.
How do you make Sloppy Joes from scratch?
Obviously, you need ground beef, but then, many recipes differ. You can use tomato soup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, or ketchup. I used the ketchup, then added some mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and some spices. Easy as all get out.
What can I use instead of tomato paste for Sloppy Joes?
As I mentioned above, my suggestion, is use tomato soup or ketchup. Just remember to adjust (reduce) any other liquid in your recipe.
Why do they call them Sloppy Joes?
The story goes that a cook named Joe added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwich and the Sloppy Joe was born. If I didn’t know that little tidbit of information, I would have guessed it’s because it’s sloppy to eat.
What is a good side to have with Sloppy Joes?
Can Sloppy Joes be frozen?
Yes. Let the Sloppy Joes cool to room temperature. Place in an airtight container. If you are using a baggie, remove all of the air in the baggie before placing in the freezer. Sloppy Joes last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
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- Frying Pan
- 4-6 Quart Sauce Pan
- 2 Lbs Ground Beef
- 2 Cups Ketchup
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 4 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Tsp Pepper
- Brown the ground beef in a skillet/frying pan until done. Drain.
- Place ground beef back in the 4-6 quart sauce pan. Add all of the other ingredients. Stir well.
- Bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve on your bun of choice.