I Made 'Em Extra Sloppy For Ya

“Have some more sloppy joes! I made ’em extra sloppy for ya!”

(Name that movie!)

To me, sloppy joes are a summertime staple.

They remind me of coming in for dinner after a night of playing neighborhood games outside (kick the can and ghost in the graveyard, anyone!?).

I know it’s not quite summer, but the warmer weather had me cravin’ the good stuff.

I set out to make a healthier version of the ol’ joes.

Into a skillet went 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef, followed by 3/4 of a large, sliced onion.

I like my sloppy joes on the vinegary side, so once the meat was browned, I added 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup ketchup to the skillet and let it simmer for a bit while I roasted squash and zucchini in the oven.

Sloppy Joes

In no time at all, we had a summertime feast!

My Plate

I went back for two more spoonfuls of sloppy joe meat.

What foods remind you of summer?

To me, summer is epitomized by watermelon and ice cream on a stick, a la the ice cream man.


  1. Diane says

    Yum, sloppy joes! That’s something I haven’t had in a while 🙂

    I’m thinking of placing an order from netrition soon and want to take advantage of the $5 shipping by buying in bulk. What do you usually buy from there?


  2. says

    anything watermelon makes me think summer…

    the last time i played kick the can i was running so hard that i ran into an iron fence and got a concussion and HUGE golf ball size lump on my head. haha. oh to be a kid again…


  3. says

    I LOVE billy madison, its a definite favorite in my household! And summertime just always makes me think of grilling out, pasta salad, and huge chunks of pineapple…yum!


  4. Vee says

    I always associate strawberries with summer. My parents always had a few little strawberry fields near our cabin and we would be munching on them throughout June. Yum yum.
    As embarrassing as it is – I have actually never had Sloppy Joe before. 🙂


  5. says

    Cold pasta salad! My mom used to make a TON of it on the weekend then we’d eat that and salads for dinner during the week when it was too hot to cook anything at all.

    I had to laugh at the title of your blog post because my husband was just quoting the sloppy joe line this morning as we were walking out to our cars together!


    • peanutbutterfingers says

      we really liked it w/ the lean beef… i think the onions, ketchup & vinegar really add a lot of flavor, so the lean beef works really well in this recipe!


  6. Kelly says

    Absolutely LOVE this recipe!! Take that Manwich haha. Made it the other evening and am now eating just the meat mixture over steamed brussel sprouts! Delicious!!



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