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Lunch Lady Sloppy Joe’s

Lunch Lady Sloppy Joe’s

A while back I was given this recipe for sloppy joe’s like you might have had back in school. The recipe made a lot so I’ve had to take time to break it down to feed a small family and not a lunch room. I made them last Friday night for supper and this was about as close to what I remember eating in school as I’ve had. If I had used regular buns it probably would have been spot on but all I had were onion rolls in the freezer so that’s what I used. My husband said out of all the sloppy joe recipes I use, this one is now his favorite. This week you’ll see me sharing a few recipes using ground beef. I’ve had some in the freezer for a while now that needs using up so I’ve got a few ideas for supper a couple nights this week already planned out.

I’ve been doing some rearranging in my fridge, mostly to make sure I’ve got the whole “everything’s freezing” under control but also to keep track of what gets pushed to the back that I might forget about like the 3 tubs of spreadable butter I found on top of the other 2 I knew were in there. A month or so ago my Kroger had Kerrygold spreadable butter clearanced to $1.29 a tub so I bought a few and I guess I forgot about them. All those tubs, even as small as they are, reminded me of when Nannie quit churning butter and bought big tubs of margarine at the store. She never threw away those big tubs, she washed them and used them for leftovers. If she ask you to get the butter from the fridge you could spend a good amount of time trying to find it as you had to open the lids of all those containers just to see what was in it. She did that with cool whip and lard containers too, no need for Tupperware when the store provided all the storage containers she needed.


Lunch Lady Sloppy Joe’s (4 servings)

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 C. ketchup
  • 1 T. yellow mustard
  • 1 T. lemon juice
  • 1 T. worcestershire sauce
  • 1 T. brown sugar
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. paprika


Brown the meat in a skillet over medium high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. Drain the grease and stir in the onion, cook for 5 minutes to soften. Stir in the remaining ingredients and reduce the heat to low. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Lunch Lady Sloppy Joe’s.

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