Sunday Supper: Sloppy Joes

Each Saturday evening we bring you a Sunday Supper recipe. Why on Saturday? So you have time to shop and prepare for tomorrow.

I don't know what did it, but this past week I'd been craving a good sloppy Joe. Luckily, I had just the recipe for these tangy-sweet sandwiches.

You see, a couple years ago, I had a similar craving, but I wanted to avoid whatever weirdness might be in those canned mixes. I was thinking aloud about this around a coworker at the time, and the following week, out of nowhere, she dropped off a hand-written recipe on my desk for "Hamburger Goo." I'm not going to lie and say it's faster than opening a can and pouring, but really, all you have to do is dice some onion and chop some celery and you've done the heavy lifting. After that, it's just a matter of browning some ground beef and measuring out some basic pantry staples.

If you're a fan of the canned stuff, this recipe is a pretty close approximation, and you can feel all the better for it knowing exactly what goes into it.

Sunday Supper: Sloppy Joes

About This Recipe

This recipe appears in: Election Night Party Food So, how likely are you to make those Sloppy Joe's?


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons flour, or more
  • 6 sandwich buns


  1. 1

    Brown the beef in a skillet over medium heat; pour off fat.

  2. 2

    In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, vinegar, and mustard. Add this mixture to the beef along with the celery and onion, and ketchup. Stir together to combine.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to mix well. If mixture is still not thick enough to your liking, add a bit more flour until it is. Serve on buns.

  4. 4

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