Need a 10-minute, cheap (ahem–affordable) dinner idea? Light sloppy joes are the right way to make dinner fast and feed a crowd for pennies.
You know those night when you wish you had a maid? And a cook? And dinner done before you left work?
Oh yeah–that’s every night.
I hear ‘ya.
Even though the pace of the day feels like it’s sucking the life straight out of you, that’s no reason that you can’t still put a warm, hearty meal on the table. And not to mention it’s affordable–double points.
But I have a question: With a recipe this easy, why are light sloppy joes are one of those dishes most people make from a can?
This recipe is perfect with ground beef or turkey and the ingredients are so simple. You’ll never miss that can. And while your at it, make a double batch and freeze half–then just stick it in the fridge to thaw before you head out in the morning. Warm it up when you get home and pile it high on a whole grain bun and you’re done.
If you make this with ground beef you can take the lower-fat approach that my mother in law uses by boiling the uncooked beef in hot water until no pink remains then drains away the water before continuing.
Sounds gross, but it works like a charm if you can get past the fact that it looks like a science experiment for a few minutes. Or, you can just fry yours and drain well if you don’t want to boil it.
Light Sloppy Joes
- 1 pound ground beef chuck turkey or pork
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
- In a skillet brown the turkey, pork or beef until no more pink remains. Drain well.
- Add the brown sugar, chili powder and ketchup and stir well.
- Mix the flour into the water in a small bowl and mix to remove any lumps.
- Add to the meat mixture and stir until it bubbles and thickens--about five minutes.
- Serve warm with pickles and plenty of chips.