Sloppy Joes are a meal that I had very frequently as a kid since it is one of my Dads favorites and it was ready in only 20 minutes. As I grew up, making sloppy joes wasn’t something I made very often because I had them so much as a kid, but now I include them every month in my monthly meal plan because they are cheap and easy to make, dinner is ready in only 20 minutes and sloppy joes are the perfect vessel for sneaking vegetables into.
Like other recipes that I write that sneak vegetables in, I started by pureeing zucchini, onion, celery, garlic and green pepper until smooth. I forgot to take a picture of this part. If you do not have a food processor, use a cheese grater, and shred the zucchini, and finely mince the other veggies with a sharp knife.
1 lb ground beef
1, 10oz can tomato soup
1/3 cup bbq sauce
½ yellow onion
½ green pepper
2 stalks celery
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp paprika
hamburger buns, for serving
In a food processor, puree onion, zucchini, green pepper and celery until smooth.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil and heat until shimmering.
Add pureed vegetables to pan and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring constantly, until most of the liquid has cooked out.
Add ground beef to pan with veggies, season with salt, pepper and paprika, and using a wooden spoon to break up the meat, stir to combine with veggies.
Cook, until beef is cooked through – about 8 minutes.
Add bbq sauce and tomato soup to meat and vegetables and stir to combine.
Cook for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand a minute.
Add a big scoop of sloppy joe mixture to a hamburger bun and enjoy.
That’s it! Super simple and very delicious! If you do not want to add the veggies, skip that step, and continue with the recipe steps. With a recipe so simple, using ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge, you can ditch the can for a delicious homemade sloppy joe!
If you love the idea of sneaking vegetables into your kiddos meals, try some of these other recipes: