Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a great family meal that are so easy to make, and a nice change from bolognese and cottage pie.

I’m back! Sorry, between one thing and another, I’ve been a bit absent. Ok, so some of it was lazy-itis. But I did manage to get the new blog page up and running (thank you Kim!) so I hope you like it. Yes, it’s not overly complicated, but as my computing skills are not overly complicated (read absolute basic) it’ll do for now. I’m hoping to ‘snazz’ it up a bit over the coming months.

In case you care, and even if you don’t, this is a summary of what’s been happening in the HC household:

We’ve ridden on a tractor…


Granny and Grandad came to visit…


We’ve eaten some ice-cream…


And eaten some more ice-cream…


Now it’s half-term, the Husband has had to go away with work, so there’s been a lot of this…


And obviously, because I’ve been left in charge, someone had to go and hurt themselves…


Yup, Alice face-planted the pavement earlier today. The pavement won. These things always seem to happen when you’re solo parenting. But the ice-cream (see above) fairly perked her up 🙂

This is a good half-term meal. My kids actually really enjoyed it – and got into a fair mess with it, so be ready to clean up. It definitely originates from across the pond. I took a few recipes I found on Pinterest (where else?) and came up with my own version (I very much doubt mine is original, but as I haven’t found one the same, I’m taking the credit).


500g beef mince
2 cloves/tsp garlic (I used paste)
1 onion, chopped 
1 tbsp tomato puree
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp dijon mustard
500g passata
1 beef oxo cube 
200ml water
salt & pepper
chilli flakes, if desired

1. Brown the mince in a large pan – I don’t use any oil to do this as you don’t really need it. Add the onion and garlic and let this cook over a medium heat for about 10 minutes, letting the onion soften gently.

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2. Add all of the remaining ingredients and cook over a low heat for about an hour.

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This can be cooked in a slow cooker as well, just cook on low for about 6 hours.

Serve this in toasted buns with whatever you like on the side. I served it with chips and salad.

Sloppy Joes - a really simple dish, perfect for those busy week nights, that will keep everyone happy |


It’s not the easiest, or tidiest things to eat. Don’t serve this if you’re trying to impress someone. But it’s ridiculously easy, and so friggin’ tasty – a nice change from bolognese and cottage pie too.

Sloppy Joes - a really simple dish, perfect for those busy week nights, that will keep everyone happy |

Happy cooking!