Sloppy Joes

I’ve been making this recipe since I was a teenager and my family still loves it. It was one of only three meals I knew how to make. The other two were spaghetti and sauce from a jar and Pot pies from the freezer section of the grocery store. I’ve come a long way, baby!


  • 2 lbs hamburger
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoon dried chopped onions


  1. In a large pot, brown the hamburger. Drain the fat.
  2. Add the water, ketchup and dried onions into the pot with the hamburger.
  3. Turn up the heat. Once it’s boiling lightly, turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes uncovered, stirring occasionally.

Serving options:

Serve with Hamburger Rolls or over pasta. We used shells or penne and topped it all with grated Cheddar Cheese.



This recipe can be doubled. Any leftovers can be used in Spaghetti sauce (the recipe in Meatballs and Sauce will do) and served over spaghetti. It can also be frozen for another meal if there is a lot left over.

Ones and Twos:

This recipe can be frozen. Place one or two servings in a freezer bag or storage container and freeze. Good for 2 months.

Health Needs:

Gluten Free: Use Gluten Free bread or pasta.

Vegan: You can use hamburger flavored Tofu crumbles to substitute for the meat.  They sell them at my grocery store in the freezer section.

Time Crunch: This recipe takes about 20-30 minutes to complete. It can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for 2 months. If you are going to freeze it, break it into smaller amounts so that it freezes faster.

Complete Meals: We usually have French Fries with this and a side vegetable. Since this is one of my stress free, comfort meals, I usually serve corn which everyone loves. Yes, it’s heavy on carbohydrates so keep that in mind when you are planning your meals for the week.