One Pot Recipes for Sloppy Joes

by heidi on September 15, 2011

Remember the good ol’ days? Back when calories didn’t matter and licking your plate was encouraged?

FoodieCrush Magazine Sloppy Joe

One of my favorite dinners as a kid was Sloppy Joes, and the memories of stealing tastes of the burn—the—top—of—my—mouth—oh—no—it’s—a—blister as it simmered on the stove.

And the memories of the always expected retort from my mom “to leave it alone or there’d be nothing left for ‘the rest of them.’” Them. As in, my family.

My mom’s recipe has most of the regular ingredients with one special secret: the sweetness of a can of condensed tomato soup—which helps make for a super quick recipe made in just one pot.

Ladled onto a soft bun with a hearty serving of pickles and potato chips—no, not on the side, but right on the sandwich—and it’s a kids dream all over again.

So when a few of us bloggers got together and the conversation turned to childhood fave recipes, we wanted to share. With everyone.

On Wednesday, October 5, we’ll each be posting our own Family Food Flashback recipes. And we want you to join us with your story, your recipe.

Send me a link to your recipe by Monday, October 3 and we’ll add your link to our list of recipes for post on Wednesday, October 5 and we’ll share memories of dinner time before Ipods and microwaves. Well, some of us will anyway.

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for Miss P’s 3-napkin oh-so-sloppy-joes.

Mom's Sloppy Joes Recipe

Mom's Sloppy Joes Recipe


1 lb ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
1 small zucchini, chopped
1 can mushrooms
1 can tomato soup (Campbell's condensed)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp pepper
8 hamburger buns or other favorite soft bun


  1. In a deep sided skillet, cook beef for 5 minutes. Add onion, green pepper and celery and cook until tender and beef has browned. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes or until you've eaten so much you've developed blisters on the roof of your mouth. Load onto buns and serve with pickles and potato chips.
  2. If you have extra meat leftover, serve over pasta noodles or in taco shells or tortillas for yet another quick dinner option.

And now, more favorite sloppy goodies.

FoodieCrush Magazine Simply Delicious Sloppy Joe photo > Simply Delicious

Food blogging knows no borders and this South African, like me, dislikes brussels sprouts. But check it, she likes veggies of all kinds and isn’t afraid to add them. So when Alida created her Simply Delicious Vegetable Loaded Sloppy Joe, she found the silver bullet: beefy girth and veggie goodness.

FoodieCrush Magazine A Little BIt of Christo The Sloppyphoto > A Little Bit of Christo

What? You haven’t tried wild boar recently? Maybe its because you didn’t have a recipe. Problem solved thanks to A Little Bit of Christo. The Sloppy—as Christo has christened his creation (alliteration anyone?)—is topped with an egg fried in duck fat and some added heat from fried jalapenos. He might want to reconsider renaming it the Genius Joe. P.S. Ok, this recipe is made in one pot and two fry pans. But the extra pans are beyond worth it.

FoodieCrush Magazine The Curvy Carrot Sloppy Joephoto >The Curvy Carrot

Yeah, you’ve heard it before but this time its true. You won’t miss the meat. Soy crumbles–seriously, give them a try– added to a bunch of veggies creates The Curvy Carrot‘s Summer Squash Veggie Sloppy Joes. Follow Shanon to the way and you just might never go back.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 15, 2011 at 4:49 am

these all look sooo good! I am a huge sloppy joe fan and came up with a vegan “lentil” joes recipe because I just love the flavor of sloppy joes so much. It’s like childhood on a plate :)


heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Averie, would love for you to share the link of your lentil joes!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 15, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Oh it’s here
One pot, easy, less than a half hour, makes planned leftovers which = a working mom’s sanity saver!

Not the prettiest pics I’ve ever taken but it was one of those nights :)


Bev Weidner September 15, 2011 at 6:46 am

I’m hiding the computer screen from Aaron because he is such a sloppy joe FREAK that he’s liable to break my machine just salivating, looking at this post.

I need my laptop. You’ll understand.

p.s. theselookamazing


heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Stay away from the computer. Joe will come to you.


Deborah September 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

I actually just made sloppy joes last weekend!! And I can’t wait to share my childhood favorite!!


heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

You have three great versions on your blog!! These chicken joes look yum-ola


Kelley September 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

These look amaze balls. And I mean that in the best way possible.


heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

I would expect only the best amazeballs from you mama.


Sherilyn @ Wholepromise September 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm

Just found your blog and it is lovely and as for the sloppy joe’s – so yummy. loving all the options on offer here.


heidi September 15, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Thanks Sherilyn for coming by and getting sloppy with us.


Kris | September 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm

HOLY MOLY!!! These look FAB!!! I used to love it when my mom made sloppy joes too!! I would love the soggy buns and usually go back for seconds…..mmmmm



heidi September 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I love em too, soggy buns and all. That’s why I load them with potato chips for crunch.


Jean | Delightful Repast September 20, 2011 at 8:14 am

You need my homemade hamburger buns for these! Love a good sloppy joe!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 27, 2011 at 8:42 am

They all look great! I’m especially leaning towards the “curvy carrot” veggie version. YUM!

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