I never watch TV during the day but one day I happened to turn it on and The Chew was on and they were featuring Sloppy Joe’s or as they were calling the recipe Sloppy Mike’s after one of the chefs on the show. The recipe looked super easy and I had been looking for a new Sloppy Joe recipe cause we don’t like the canned or packed mixes so I tried it. Of course we decided to re-name these to Sloppy O’s after us (last name starts with an O) and it got a 10 thumbs up from my taste testers! I tweaked it a little bit and now when I make it, I always double it so we have leftover sloppy mix to freeze or we actually came up with a new dish that we called Cowboy Spaghetti. Simply use the mixture on top of spaghetti noodles instead of spaghetti sauce.
1lb ground beef
½ pk of bacon
½ onion chopped
1 can of diced tomatoes drained
1 can of tomato paste
4 sliced of American cheese or Velveeta
Brown the ground beef while you cook the bacon in a separate pan. When bacon is crisp, let cool while you sauté the onions in the bacon drippings. Add the can of tomatoes and then crumble the bacon back in with the onions and tomatoes. Let simmer for a about a minute then add the meat and bring to a boil. Lower the temp and place the cheese slices on top of the mixture and let melt then stir in. If you think that there is too much liquid in the mixture then you can add a spoonful of tomato paste till you get to the consistency you want. Let it sit on low for a few minutes then remove from burner to cool for a bit. Spoon mixture on the buns and be careful! They are S-L-O-P-P-Y!
To make a double batch for freezing use 2lbs of beef, whole package of bacon, whole onion, 2 cans of diced tomatoes and 8 slices of cheese but you only need the one can of tomato paste.