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Mom’s Sloppy Joes [Intro to Cooking]


We all have those recipes that remind us of our childhood. For me, that is this Sloppy Joe recipe. When I was little, my mom used to make this for my sisters and me every week. The flavors remind me of being home, something that I miss when I’m away at college for months at a time. With summer arriving quickly, I can’t wait for my mom’s Sloppy Joes. I’ve been craving them recently, which probably shows how much I’ve been missing home.

This recipe is not only really good, it’s really easy. And it happens to be fairly healthy because it can be made with ground turkey!

What you’ll need:

  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 and 1/2 pounds of ground beef (or turkey)
  • 2 cups minced (smaller chop) celery
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of Heinz chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 12 hamburger buns, toasted

How to make it:

1. Cook the onions in the butter in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the pan; set aside.

2. Spray the saucepan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the turkey and cook, stirring occasionally, until the turkey is no longer red, about 5 minutes.

3. Stir in the celery, bell pepper, brown sugar, salt, Worcestershire sauce, chili sauce and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

4. Spoon the filling onto the buns and serve!

Ashley is a freshman at George Washington University majoring in International Affairs with a minor in English. She has a slight obsession with astrology and Bon Iver. Follow her on twitter @ashleybrooks25