The Best Kid-Approved Homemade Sloppy Joe

This best kid approved homemade sloppy joe recipe is moist, flavorful and a hit at social gatherings. Make it gluten-free, vegan or keep it as is. We love this recipe over here and hope you will love it just as much as us!

the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe

What can you put in sloppy joes?

Our recipe includes ground beef, vegetables, spices, a few sauces, ketchup and a natural sweetener: honey!


It’s meaty, full of yummy goodness.

If you’d rather eat a leaner meat, replace the ground beef with certified organic ground turkey.

If you’re a vegetarian, replace the beef with ground soy.

You can find ground soy here.

Why are they called sloppy joes?

Sloppy joes are…SLOPPY!

They can get everywhere so be sure not to over stuff your sandwich.

Just in case, bring out a fork, knife and a napkin to help you finish up  your sloppy joe!

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Will my kid enjoy a sloppy joe?

If your kid is into meat and sandwiches, your kid might just love it!

My 2 year old loved this sloppy joe recipe. As soon as he woke up from his nap, he devoured his sandwich.

…And of course my hubby LOVED this. So surprise your hubby or significant other with this yummy and best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe and you will have him/her head over heels for your cooking. wink. wink.

So let’s get right into making the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe!

Ingredients

Step by step how to make the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe recipe

Step 1

Drizzle olive oil onto a pot or a pan .

Step 2

Add the ground beef, the onion, and the garlic to the pan of your choice.

Step 3

Brown the meat with the onion and the clove of garlic.

Step 4

Once the meat is browned, drain the excess fat and dump the meat mix back into the pot or pan. Do not rinse.

Step 5

Add the remaining ingredients, except for the honey into the pot or pan with the beef mixture.

Step 6

Let simmer on medium/low for 10 minutes.

Step 7

Add the honey and simmer on low for another 5 minutes.

Step 8

Serve the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe with your choice of hamburger bun or other bread.

the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe

the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe

Tips for making the best kid approved homemade sloppy joe recipe

  • Toast your bread/rolls before filling them with the meat! Drizzle olive oil onto a different pan, and add the buns or sandwich bread you will be using for the sandwich. Flip the bread when slightly browned/toasted. The pioneer woman( fellow food blogger) gets special credit for my highly recommended toasting of the bread/buns and for the adding of Worcestershire sauce to the recipe- both of which make the recipe delicious!
  • Take time to let the recipe simmer- make sure all of the flavors are well combined before serving!

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the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe

The Best Kid-Approved Homemade Sloppy Joe

Yummy dinner option your whole family will love!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword ground beef, meat, sandwich, sloppy joes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author www.mommylair.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 of 2.25 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup canned or fresh crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • olive oil for sauteing

(optional) 1/2 stalk of celery(chopped into tiny pieces) + Bread Rolls, sandwich bread or hamburger buns(I recommend whole wheat) or you can try whole wheat sandwich thins or try a gluten-free hamburger buns option

    Instructions

    1. Drizzle olive oil onto a pan.

    2. Add the ground beef, the onion, and the garlic.

    3. Brown the meat with the onion and the clove of garlic.

    4. Once the meat is browned, drain the excess fat and dump the meat mix back into the pan. Do not rinse.

    5. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the honey into the pan with the beef mixture. Let it simmer on medium/low for 10 minutes.

    6. Finally, add the honey and simmer on low for another 5 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    (Optional-highly recommended) Toast your bread/rolls before filling them with the meat! Drizzle olive oil onto a different pan, and add the buns or sandwich bread you will be using for the sandwich. Flip the bread when slightly browned/toasted. Serve with the best kid-approved homemade sloppy joe. The Pioneer Woman gets bonus credit for this special tip and for the idea of adding worcestershire sauce!

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