Happy National Sloppy Joe Day! {Foodie Friday}

by Fawn Rechkemmer on March 18, 2016

By Terri Steffes at Our Good Life

March 18 is National Sloppy Joe Day!  When I was growing up, nothing was more fun than when mom would serve us her sloppy joes.  Her recipe was simple, but we loved it, and looked forward to when she’d make them, along with fried potatoes and onions.

History buffs say the sloppy joe sandwich started in Iowa in 1930 when a cook by the name of Joe created a loose meat sandwich.  Others claim the sandwich has its orgins in Cuba.  No matter where it started, the sloppy joe has its place all over America and many families have their own secret recipes.  Does yours?

Our recipe isn’t a secret and changes from time to time.  Recently we have been adding veggies to it to give it bulk and to lighten it up.

Steffes Family Sloppy Joes

Steffes Family Sloppy Joes


  • ¼ c chopped onion
  • ¼ c chopped green pepper
  • ¼ c chopped carrot
  • 1 T vegetable oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 8 toasted hamburger buns
  • 1 ½ c ketchup or tomato sauce
  • 2 T brown sugar
  • 1 T worchestershire sauce


  1. Cook vegetables in oil until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef, cook until there’s no pink left. Drain fat.
  3. Stir in worchestershire sauce, brown sugar, ketchup and salt and pepper.
  4. Cook for 10 minutes or until desired “sloppiness.”
  5. Spoon meat onto a toasted bun and serve.

We liked macaroni and cheese as our side dish as kids.  Mom and Dad liked cole slaw.  My husband likes baked beans.  My daughter and her husband like chips.   Whatever you want beside it, this is a delicious meal that’s fun to make and to eat!

Happy National Sloppy Joe Day!

terriTerri Steffes blogs about “Our Good Life” at terristeffes.com. She and her husband Bob will have been married for 40 years in June.  Terri is a retired school principal but works full time for the University of Missouri as an educational improvement consultant. Terri is the March Foodie Friday editor for Missouri Women Bloggers. 

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