Sloppy Joes: another one of those only-mom-makes-them-right foods

It occurred to me last night that sloppy joes are another food that only tastes “right” when they’re made the way my mom always did.

This was a dinner I started cooking for the family when I was about 8. To this day, it remains one of my favorite quick meals.

Marilyn’s Sloppy Joes

Brown 2 pounds of lean ground beef. While it browns, add a T. of dried onion and salt to taste.

Drain off the grease as completely as you can.

Put the skillet on a low burner and stir in about 3/4 c. of ketchup, 1/4 c. mustard, and 1/2 c. sweet pickle relish. Stir thoroughly and simmer for about ten minutes.

Of course, this is served on buns. When I was a kid, the special way to eat sloppy joes was when mom placed six squares of cheddar cheese on the top of the sloppy joe meat and covered the pan for a few minutes. Then she dished up the meat onto the buns so we each got a gob of melted cheese on our sloppy joe.


6 thoughts on “Sloppy Joes: another one of those only-mom-makes-them-right foods

  1. The kid in me loves a good Sloppy Joe. I love how it makes the bun super soft and slickery. I then love to scoop up the excess with a salty potato chip, one of the few times I can manage to eat a potato chip, that is.

  2. Barb,
    Grandma added a can of Campbell’s chicken gumbo soup to your mix and skipped the pickle relish. Cook till the soup disappears. Since this was also served at school for hot lunches (she made them once a month) it tasted like “home” to me.

  3. Joan, you’re saying Grandma H. did this? How did OUR mother end up with the version she’s got now? Aren’t things like that supposed to be handed down from mother to daughter without change? Is that allowed?


  4. I will ask your Mom how she ended up with the “wrong” recipe 😉 Perhaps it was how they made the sloppy joes when she was in our school. That was a “very long time” before I got there you know.

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