Sensational Sloppy Joes

  When I found this recipe, I thought I needed to try it. Bettie is not a fan of Sloppy Joes, though both Lyle and I are. This is a combination of several different recipes I have seen over the years, but not one I would have thought to try together.
  As the recipe is named, these were indeed sensational. I am not sure, what is the one ingredient that changed Bettie’s mind, I would guess the grape jelly and the celery seed. What ever it was, she likes these, so will make them a little more often, especially in the summer when I want something quick that will not heat up the house.
Sensational Sloppy Joes
PREP/TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
I pound ground beef (85% lean)
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup condensed tomato soup
½ cup ketchup
3 tablespoons grape jelly
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard (the plain yellow variety works well here)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon celery seed
 5 hamburger buns, split
  In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the soup, ketchup, jelly, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and celery seed. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 10 minutes or until heated through. Serve on buns 
YIELD: 5 servings (these were large servings, I got 6 servings and had some left).


  1. My goodness! Different ingredients, aren't they? I'll try them once... a half recipe, as this one makes too much for two people...

    1. Easy to make the whole recipe and freeze the leftovers for a quick meal or to add to mac & cheese for a goulash.

  2. They really are quite good, despite the different ingredients. It does make a lot. I cut it back for us now.

  3. Wow....I have never seen a Sloppy Joe like this one. I am so wondering what this must taste like! We shall try it one day soon! Thanks for such an interesting new twist on an old favorite. dkc

  4. These Sloppy Joes were a bit too sweet for me and I was not fond of the strong celery seed flavor. I hesitated putting all of the celery seed in so would definitely cut that in half or omit next time. I will tweak the sweet ingredients as well. My husband liked them as is. The grape jelly in these reminds me of a BBQ meatball recipe that I was given a number of years ago. I guess I could just prepare the recipe as is and freeze in 1 cup containers for his lunches. I make homemade burger buns that freeze well too, so he'd have easy fixings to just pop into his lunch bag. Thanks for sharing!


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