Good ol’ sloppy joes! They are an American standard. A kid-friendly classic.
I used to feel intimidated by the thought of making them! I guess growing up in the days of popular canned versions (which taste terrible in my opinion) led me to believe that buying was better than making.
While that may be true occasionally, it isn’t in this case. This homemade version tastes way better! Plus, it’s easy to make, freezes well (if you have leftovers), and comes together quickly for a great weeknight meal.
Another great thing about this recipe is that you can cook it two different ways. Stovetop is great when you need dinner in 20 minutes. It is truly dinner in under 30 minutes!
Another option: try the slow cooker version. It’s my favorite because the flavors have a longer period of time to marry together. I also love the slow cooker method because I can get it going in the morning, go about my day, then come home and dinner is ready! No trying to squeeze in cooking while working on homework or rushing to activities. Another bonus for me is that the slow cooker version gives the celery and onion time to cook down and get soft. That makes it perfect for anyone with texture issues!
The right tool for the job:
If you don’t have a slow cooker, I have and highly recommend the Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget Programmable Slow Cooker. This slow cooker is the best I have found because of its lid locking feature. That feature allows me to cook a meal or side dish and then take the entire slow cooker with me to any function (a potluck or teacher appreciation dinner, for example) easily. No more struggling to keep the slow cooker from spilling while I’m driving! Other features I love include a probe that you can insert through the lid to check the temperature of your food. And finally, I really like the cooking program feature. This slow cooker is the best!
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