Sloppy Joes

My girls have been after me to post more College Corner recipes for them and their friends at school.  While they were home on winter break, Sara made our favorite sloppy Joes for supper one night; and we all thoroughly enjoyed them with some hasselback potatoes and a big green salad.

With the Super Bowl coming up, I thought the sloppy Joes would be a good recipe to share with college students who want to have some friends over to watch the big game.  It’s an easy dish to make with just a few ingredients to sauté, and you get to use your frying pan as your mixing bowl.  Put out a bowl of buns and another with chips, and people can help themselves.  That’s what I call easy entertaining!

Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest day for food consumption in the United States with Thanksgiving ranked as No. 1?  I guess football fans are a mighty hungry bunch!

Go Pats!

Sloppy Joes

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  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red or green bell pepper, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. hamburger (I prefer 85% lean beef)
  • 1/2 cup each:  ketchup and water
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce, optional
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste (I do 3 or 4 turns of the pepper mill)
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


Heat oil in medium nonstick skillet.  Add onion and pepper; cook until slightly softened, about 2 minutes.

Add garlic; cook 1 minute.  Add ground beef; cook breaking up pieces, until browned and crumbled, about 4 minutes.  Mix in ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce if using, salt and pepper to taste; simmer until flavors are blended, about 15 minutes.

Serve on toasted hamburger buns.  Serves 4.  Note – recipe is easily doubled.

Source:   A recipe I cut out of either the Chicago Tribune or Boston Globe many years ago.

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