Comfort Food Recipes: Sloppy Joe’s & Sweet Potato Fries

Comfort Food Recipes: Sloppy Joe’s & Sweet Potato Fries


home-made sloppy joe's

Look, I am not a fancy eater. I do not have a sensitive pallet. I grew up on casseroles, meatloaf, and comfort foods. Including sloppy joes; or should I say Manwich (that name? wtf). Quite a few years ago, I was given a Sloppy Joe recipe and was blown away that you could make this delicious meal without the help of a can. And although the name itself makes you think of informal cookouts or midwestern supper’s, this is a quick and easy meal that is actually perfect for the wintertime. Ground beef with a sweet + spice sauce thrown in a hamburger bun. It’s a perfect solo meal. Plus, ground beef is cheap. Of course you can also make this with turkey; even cheaper. To make this ‘healthy’, feel free to add vegetables. Although I prefer to serve comfort foods with sweet potato fries. Because yum.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

  1. Brown ~1lb of ground beef; drain grease, keep in pan
  2. Mix into the browned beef: 1/2C ketchup, 1T brown sugar, 1t worcestshire sauce, 1t ground mustard, 1/2t garlic, 1/4t onion powder, 1/4t salt, 3T water, 2t chili powder, 1t vinegar
  3. Stir and simmer 10-15 minutes; to taste
  4. Toast a hamburger bun before serving, this helps it from getting soggy while eating

This recipe is really flexible! Add more or less of whatever you don’t like. Double everything to make these sloppier (juicier). Add more brown sugar for sweeter, more vinegar for a cut to the taste. You can also add chopped onions, peppers, or shredded cheese. I actually prefer these more plain. I don’t like my comfort foods fancy.

oven baked sweet potato fries

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

  1. Slice 2 Sweet Potatoes in half lengthwise (for long fries), then put each half flat side down, and cut into slices so you get rectangular shaped long fries
  2. Put raw fries in a bowl and mix with olive oil, salt, brown sugar, cornstarch
  3. Place raw fries in a single layer on a baking sheet
  4. Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes, then remove pan and flip over the fries with a spatula
  5. Put back in the oven for 15 minutes, or until other side is cooked

These are something I make often, usually as a main dish actually. Hey, it’s just me here. Yes I am eating only sweet potato fries for dinner. Delicious.


4 Replies to “Comfort Food Recipes: Sloppy Joe’s & Sweet Potato Fries”

  1. Sloppy Joes are great, but my recipe comes from Cooking Light and uses frozen corn, green peppers, onions and tomato paste. It’s good and so easy to make! The Sloppy Joe is really a forgotten cheap dinner that’s great for a group.

    1. I do love that the recipe is so flexible! That’s the foundation then you can add pretty much anything, as you mentioned. Jalapenos are good too.

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