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Sloppy Joes | Taste and Tell
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!

Sloppy Joes
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A simple, go-to sloppy joe recipe.
Serves: 6 servings
  • 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
  1. Brown the meat in a large skillet. Drain the meat well.
  2. Add the celery and onion; cook until tender. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  3. Serve on hamburger buns.

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12 Responses to Sloppy Joes

  1. Patsyk says:

    I've had the same thing happen to me as well on recipes I have made many times. Consider it a lesson learned and make sure you have the right products in the pantry for next time! 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Sploppy Joes are almost always good! It's a fact the "healthy stuffs" aren't always tasting good…

  3. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A yummy speciality!



  4. kat says:

    It must be something in the air, you, another blogger & I all posted sloppy joes in the last couple of days

  5. Susi says:

    Sloppy Joes are always a favorite with my crowd. Unfortunately the "Healthy Request" Soups are anything but good tasting, too bad it ruined your dinner.

  6. scrambledhenfruit says:

    Sloppy joes were a standby meal here when my boys were teens- quick, easy and made lots! Your recipe sounds similar to mine- the canned soup gives it a little sweet taste. Maybe that's what the light version lacks. Thanks!

  7. Joanne says:

    I totally know what you mean! Last night I made lumpy polenta because I was super hungry and in a rush. I didn't think I could mess it up.

    I totally trust you though! I bet these are awesome.

  8. The Comfort of Cooking says:

    Oh, these look SO yummy! Who doesn't love a messy, saucy sloppy joe… Mmmm!

  9. teresa says:

    this always reminds me of snl's sloppy joe song, did you ever see that? these look great!

  10. grace says:

    this is the second sloppy joe i've come across this morning. breakfast? perhaps. 🙂

  11. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I'll bet these are awesome too. Too bad about the salt, amazing how good it is to have salt but then how horrible it turns out if there is too much!!

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