Mom’s Sloppy Joes

Last night before bed I was really hungry, but instead of opening the fridge for some immediate gratification, I looked through my recipes and decided what to make for lunch today.

I picked my mom’s recipe for sloppy joes which, in my opinion, is the best I’ve ever had.  As I’ve mentioned before, my mom follows recipes exactly.  She said that she really liked how her sloppy joes tasted usually, but sometimes they weren’t as good as other times, so she wrote down exactly how she made them and perfected her recipe.  I got some ground chuck out of the freezer to thaw for today.

We visited my parents yesterday, and they picked some corn from their garden for us!  It was the perfect side to go with the sloppy joes.

Mom’s Sloppy Joes


2 1/2 pounds ground round (I used ground chuck)

2 giant onions, diced

1/2 cup ketchup

1/8 cup mustard

2-3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 can cream-of-celery soup

1/2-5/8 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 cup water (if needed)


1. Brown beef and onions in a large skillet.  When done, drain the excess grease. (If you are using ground round there may not be any grease to drain.)

chopping onions on my “piggy” that my dad made me

lots of onion!

I drain the excess grease by propping up one side of the skillet and spooning the grease out as it drains down.

2. Add all other ingredients.  Stir together, and heat to boiling.  Turn heat down, and simmer for 10-30 minutes, depending on how much time you have.

As you can see, this is a really easy recipe!

Up next: How I made my perfect corn on the cob.


About recipeshappen

I'm Bonnie. I'm a pharmacy technician and new wife to Bogdan. I love cooking, usually without recipes. I love good sales and coupons, but haven't quite figured out the best way to find them. I make the typical new-wife mistakes and have burned my share of cookies. I like a cold house and a hot shower all year long.
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6 Responses to Mom’s Sloppy Joes

  1. OOOOOOOH! My favorite dish growing up!

  2. I love sloppy joes, but have never added cream of celery before – will have to try!

  3. awesome!!! love your cutting board, btw!

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