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Is your weeknight looking crazy busy? Have you even made dinner plans yet? Or is that just how it goes around my house? Well, over the years I’ve leaned on a few recipes that I know are crowd pleasers that don’t require a lot of planning ahead of time.
These tangy sloppy joe sliders are so easy and filling, and are guaranteed to please a hungry bunch. Using fresh ingredients, these can be ready in about 30 minutes.
Being a mom of four growing boys who still live at home, I’ve figured out how to adjust my recipes to feed large appetites. I knew when they were a little things that I’d need to do that eventually, and now that they’re 16, 15, 11, and 8 the day has come.
On a normal week with my crew, we have sports, band, and homework. On any given week I might have company in town, extra teens at the house, or my husband could be traveling. In other words, out weeknights are full. Sound familiar? If you’re a parent, then I’m sure the answer is yes.
As always, I keep my recipes simple enough anyone can make it (yes, I’m talking you to college daughter, who needs to make her own food and not rely on the cafe, lol).
But I’ve also made fresh ingredients a priority in my meals. Cooking at home means you not only save money, but you know exactly what’s going into your recipes. One ingredient that is featured in this recipe is ketchup. And as I’ve recently learned, not all are created equally. Recently on a shopping trip to Winn Dixie I found French’s Ketchup. We have used their mustard forever, but only just found the ketchup. What I like about it is they use real ingredients (like real sugar and high quality tomatoes) for a guaranteed great taste! It also has no GMOs, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or artificial flavors and colors. So, that’s a win-win in my book.
Okay, one last trick I’ve learned for my hungry bunch is that less is more. What I mean by that is, I use small rolls for them to make sliders. They can pile four or five onto a plate and they feel like teenagers who can shovel down a good dish, where that would probably equal about one or maybe one and a half sloppy joes on regular buns. Plus, they’re easier to manage, because lets face it, sloppy joes and teenagers are both notoriously sloppy.
So here’s your recipe, because I know you’re ready to get started. This will make a ton of sloppy joe meat, so adjust according to your size bunch you’re feeding.
- 1 green bell pepper diced
- 1 white onion diced
- 1 1/2 cups of French’s ketchup
- 1/2 cup mustard
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 2 lbs ground beef
In an oiled dutch oven or heavy bottom pan, sauté onions and pepper about 5 minutes or until the onions are clear.
Add ground beef, break apart and stir until fully browned.
Add beef, onion, and pepper mixture back to dutch oven and reduce heat to low.
In a separate bowl, combine ketchup, mustard, sugar, vinegar, and stir well.
Add BBQ sauce slowly to taste (you may need less or more depending how you like it).
When you’re happy with the taste of the sauce (remember, it’s meant to be a tangy sauce), stir back into the meat mixture.
Heat low for about 10-15 minutes until it’s heated all the way through.
Serve warm on rolls.
Pair your tangy sliders with a pickle or salad, and you’re evening meal is ready!
In my Winn Dixie store, the French’s ketchup was towards the bottom of the shelf, so make sure you look hard for it.
If you’d like even more info about French’s, such as their partnership with Feeding America, donating 10 million meals in 2017, you can find them in these places-
and of course YouTube
What is your favorite weeknight meal recipe?
Leave me a comment and let me know, maybe I can add it to my own go-to meal list!