Does it ever seem like the recipes you know the best you are most likely to mess up? I’m usually pretty good at making a new recipe. Maybe it’s because it is new – and I follow the instructions better. And maybe when I make a tried and true recipe, I get a little lazy. I don’t know. But I’ve made this sloppy joe recipe many times before. (And I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about it yet!) But somehow, I really managed to mess it up this time.
Mistake #1 – I’ve been trying to recycle through some of my older food in the pantry, and I had a couple of cans of Healthy Request tomato soup. This recipe calls for a can of tomato soup, so I wanted to use one of those older cans instead of buying something new. That was definitely mistake #1. Do not use a healthy version of canned tomato soup for this recipe. The stuff doesn’t have very much flavor.
Mistake #2 – adding too much salt to make up for the fact that the soup from mistake #1 had no flavor. I took this a little too far, and what I ended up with were Salty Joes instead of Sloppy Joes. I couldn’t get my husband or my daughter to eat these!
But still, I am sharing this recipe with you today because I know it’s a good one. I promise it has worked for me many times before – as long as I use the right products!! Definitely a lesson learned!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1½ cups chopped celery
- 1½ cups chopped onion
- 1 can tomato soup
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- 6 hamburger buns
- Brown the meat in a large skillet. Drain the meat well.
- Add the celery and onion; cook until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger buns.