Sloppy Joe Recipe
Sloppy Joe’s are kind of like a hamburger, but it’s what makes them sloppy that makes them so much fun.
Slightly spicier than most hamburgers, Sloppy Joes’ typically feature certain seasonings due to the addition of onions, tomato sauce or ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Note, our recipe uses Dr. Pepper soda which we feel gives it an extra bit of something. We also use ground turkey, green pepper, yellow mustard and vinegar to enhance the taste.
As a dish, sloppy joes originated in America in the early 20th century. It is believed that they were inspired by the loose meat sandwiches sold in Sioux City, Iowa and were the creation of a cook named Joe.
Early on, they were referred to using various names like Toasted Deviled Hamburgers, Chopped Meat Sandwiches, Spanish Hamburgers, but by the 1940’s sloppy joe became the popular term.
There are many variations on the sloppy joe recipe. In Quebec, Canada, stewed ground beef is served on hot dog buns. Originating in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, a sandwich called ‘the dynamite’ uses ground meat with onions, ground peppers and sometimes celery.
Different types of meat can be used as well. Beef can be substituted with pork, lamb, turkey or keema, a minced stewed, curried meat. This makes for a variation popularly prepared in Indian cuisine.
Textured vegetable protein can also be used to make the dish perfect for vegetarians.
This trusty sloppy joe recipe has the perfect blend of sauce and spices (and the secret ingredient…Dr. Pepper) to make tasty, hearty sandwiches.
Sloppy joes aren’t just kid favorites, they’re the type of meal that everyone runs to the table for. Serve with tater tots, baked potatoes, or French fries for an easy but filling meal.
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground turkey
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
2 teaspoons flour
3/4 cup Dr. Pepper (or regular cola)
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon yellow mustard
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt
1. Mix ground turkey and ground beef together in a large bowl.
2. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the meat with the onion and green pepper. Drain.
3. In large bowl, mix all other ingredients well. Pour over hamburger meat in skillet.
4. Simmer on low for 15-20 minutes or until sauce is thickened. Serve on hamburger buns.
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