Mom’s Sloppy Joes

Mom’s Sloppy Joes
 As a child I remember loving my Mom’s Sloppy Joes.  With all but 2 of our grandchildren visiting for Spring Break I decided to make a large batch in my Dutch oven.  They were just such an enjoyable blast from my past!

We made so many happy memories over Spring Break this year!
We missed these two little happy Easter “chicks” who live way too far away.
Yet our hearts and home were full with 15 grands and most of their parents celebrating together.
Easter treats adorned our Spring table.  Another pinterest-ing idea, using mini-souffle cups instead of egg cups with grass and goodies.
Go ahead, pack a little grass in the cup, then add a festive cupcake paper and candies. Perfect little touch, use them all Spring long.  You’ll find they are loved by all ages!
We played at the park, Boise Discovery Center, and prayed for spurts of sunshine between rainstorms.
Mom's Sloppy Joes
AND, when everybody was hungry we all loved my Mom’s Sloppy Joes, just so easy for feeding hungry kids.  Many associate it with Fall Halloween carnivals and parties, but I serve it year round, traditionally like my mom did.

Mom’s Sloppy Joes 

All you need to do is brown the ground beef really well.  Drain any fat from the meat, and add all of the sauce ingredients.  Let it simmer till it’s cooked and soft, about 45 minutes.  Serve on toasted buns.

For picnics I always brown my meat and drain the fat.  Then I add everything to my slow cooker and plug it in the back of my car.  While traveling it smells heavenly and it’s hot and ready for your picnic!
Sloppy Joes
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. Brown ground beef in a dutch oven. Drain well.
  2. Add all other ingredients and simmer till onion is soft and cooked, about 45 minutes.
  3. Serve on toasted buns.
This is a perfect slow-cooker meal. Brown meat and onions and add everything to a crockpot. Let cook on low for 4 hours and take to the park for an easy picnic entree.
Happy Spring and picnicking all! 

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. LDH

    I see happy family moments in each photo with adorable kids 🙂 I know you all had a great time together!

  2. Julie

    What a great pictures! The kiddos are all so cute. Especially love the one of two precious girls on the bed. Hope you’re doing well. Hugs from the Midwest.

  3. Sue

    What a houseful, and what fun! Lucky you:)

  4. Diane Hodrick

    What adorable kids….you must have had an awesome week….love he pictures. The recipe sounds great too. Thanks for sharing it all.

  5. Cathy

    Fifteen adorable grandkids….how lucky you are. Those two sweet girls in their matching outfits just about melted my heart. I bet all the kiddies loved Grandma’s sloppy joes.

  6. Debbie

    You just have a gorgeous family! I love your “absent” granddaughters in their dresses. We used to call outfits like that “sister dresses”. They are absolutely beautiful.

    I’m pinning your pin of the souffle cups. It’s not only more versatile than an egg cup, I think it holds more. And MORE is always good.

    We haven’t had sloppy joes in a long time. I hadn’t realized that until I saw it was your recipe du jour.

  7. SavoringTime in the Kitchen

    What a house full of happiness! I sounds like you had a wonderful time enjoying your family and my mother always made sloppy joes year round too. Your recipe for them sounds wonderful!

  8. openid

    15 Grandchildren! You are blessed. What a wonderful Easter celebration you had. The two little ones that could not attend look stunning in their Easter attire. I’m sure mom would have changed them prior to the sloppy joes being served! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe. I am going to use it next time I make them.

  9. openid

    That’s my comment above:


  10. Laura

    sounds great!!

  11. Michelles Tasty Creations


    I followed you over from Somewhat Simple’s Link Party and this looks super yummy! You have a beautiful family and it looks like everyone is having a wonderful Spring.

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)

    Have a great day,


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