Monday, April 4, 2011

battle of the sloppy joeses

icky picky rating: ***

One of our favorite family dinners is Sloppy Joe's, served with a nice healthy dish of mac & cheese. My husband doubted this combination when I first made it, but now it is probably his favorite dinner. And I love it because it's super quick and easy!

But a little problem has arisen.... we had a yummy sloppy joe recipe that we've been using for our entire marriage, but just recently I tried a new one. I love it. The hubby doesn't. And coincidentally, "his" recipe came from his mom, and "my" recipe came from my mom! Haha! We've been staying with our tried and true recipe since the whole family likes it, but I do prefer the new one. And the very reason why I love the recipe is also why my husband dislikes it - it's sweet!

Try them for yourself and tell me what you think!

Mom-in-Law's Sloppy Joe's

1 and 1/2 lb. ground beef
1 can chicken gumbo soup
1 tsp. chili powder
1 TBS mustard
1 C ketchup
garlic salt to taste

Brown the ground beef, drain excess liquid. Add in the rest of the ingredients and heat.
{I usually 1/2 the recipe and it is the perfect amount for me, my hubby, and 2 little ones.}


Mom's Sloppy Joe's

3/4 ground beef
1/4 C chopped onion
1 15oz can tomato sauce
1 TBS brown sugar
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
garlic salt & pepper to taste

Brown ground beef with onion, garlic salt, and pepper. Add remaining ingredients and cook ~ 5 minutes.
** I think I used a little less than 2 TBS of the Worcestershire sauce and about 3+ TBS of the brown sugar.

1 comment:

Mandy said...

I think I'll give the second one a shot. I like my sloppy joes a little sweet.