No Thanks Mom, I’ll Buy A School Lunch Today


I found this recipe on Pioneer Woman and it was fabulous!  It reminded me of elementary school cafeteria food…… but in a good way!!  This dish is super easy to prepare and I believe all meat eaters will enjoy this old school classic.

 * Click on title below for Pioneer Woman’s step-by-step instructions using pictures!!

Sloppy Joes

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2-½ pounds Ground Beef  (we used ground sirloin for a leaner meat)
  • ½ whole Large Onion, Diced
  • 1 whole Large Green Bell Pepper, Diced
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced (use a hand-held grater to make life easier)
  • 1-½ cup Ketchup
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder (more To Taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard
  • ½ teaspoons Red Pepper Flakes (more To Taste) (We omitted bc Will is a wimp)
  • Worcestershire Sauce To Taste
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste (optional)
  • Tabasco Sauce (optional; To Taste)
  • Salt To Taste
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper, To Taste
  • Kaiser Rolls
  • Butter (We used spray butter)


    Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.

    Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.

    Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

    Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls.


    1. We used blue cheese on our burgers and it was fantastic!
    2. The leftovers were great, but when we STILL had leftovers after eating the 2nd leftovers we made Velveeta cheese dip and poured the sloppy joe meat into the cheese dip………. SO GOOD!

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