This is a recipe I fall back on time after time, and it has never disappointed me. The meat comes out tangy, moist, and delicious, and it is so easy to make. Your crockpot does most of the work while you are off doing other things! Served with a salad or a side of coleslaw, it’s a great summer meal that you can keep in your back pocket, and pull out when you have a day off and want to spend the afternoon away from the kitchen.
Just put the recipe together in the crockpot, and head out into the beautiful afternoon. When you get home, dinner is waiting. If you are feeding a crowd, the recipe can easily be doubled. If you have a non-meat-eater in your family, you can always make a quick portabella mushroom burger for them (that’s what I did for my daughter last night)! I have been using this recipe for years, and it is adapted from my Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook, edited by Dawn Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good. It uses very basic ingredients, is definitely easy to make, and is definitely a crowd-pleaser. And sometimes, that is exactly the kind of recipe I need.
I hope you all had a good Fourth of July holiday. We didn’t go away, so we had a sort-of staycation. We went canoeing on a river nearby, and that was definitely an adventure. I have never seen the river so crowded! There were more people floating down on tubes than I ever could have imagined. It definitely put our steering abilities to the test! And little did we know we would have a large audience of cheering tubers as we tried to navigate a mini rapids! Maybe not a peaceful canoe trip, but definitely a memorable challenge! Later that night, my husband made a bonfire in our fire pit, and we made s’mores, and watched fireworks at a nearby park the previous night. I am definitely feeling the good summertime vibes. I just love being outside in the evenings, watching the sun set. My son took the photo below on my phone while we were waiting for fireworks to start over Wolf Lake. It has kind of grainy texture, but it makes me think of an impressionistic painting, and captures the sleepy, dreamy feeling of watching the sun set.
My Favorite Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1/2 cup of onion, finely chopped
- 3/4 cup of ketchup
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 2 tablespoons of chili sauce
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon of mustard
- 1 tablespoon of vinegar
- hamburger buns
Brown the meat and onion in a large saucepan. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the meat mixture into your crockpot, trying to leave most of the fat in the saucepan to discard. Place the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Serve on buns with a salad and/or coleslaw. Enjoy!
This recipe is adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It, edited by Dawn Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good.