"I've been tweaking this recipe for years and think it's finally perfected. Like a good chili, it may be even better the second day. Serve on toasted hamburger buns." — CHUCKIE768
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2 1/2 pounds
green bell pepper, chopped
1 (10.75 ounce) can
condensed chicken gumbo soup
1 (6 ounce) can
1 1/2 tablespoons
liquid smoke flavoring
I have made this recipe twice now. The first time it was awful...there was a taste in it that my husband and I just couldn't get past. It was the white vinegar and the liquid smoke. Next time I made it, I deleted those 2 ingredients and they turned out wonderful! I guess you have to make them to suite your own personal taste.
I give anyone credit who spends the time trying to perfect a recipe. In our house sloppy joes are for the nights I need to make "quickie dinners" and truthfully, the canned stuff works just fine. This was, however, pretty good.
This one of the best recipes I have ever tried, especially within a five minute notice. I didn't add the veggies nor the liquid smoke and the parsely due to it's unavailablility but regardless, the recipe turned out to my satisfaction, but I'm giving it a 5-star rating because my three picky teenagers thought it was the best they had ever eaten, and actually thought that I had bought the sloppy joe mix in the store. Imagine their wide eyes, and suddenly stopped chewing when I told them it was not from the store but from this website. They all three simultaneously gave me the thumbs up symbol before they resumed eating!
I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOOD, BUT IF YOU HAVE TO BUY ALL THE INGRIDIENTS I THINK IT WOULD BE TOO EXPENSIVE. I THINK MY SLOPPY JOES(WITH ONION, KETCHUP, BBQ SAUCE AND A BIT OF BROWN SUGAR IS JUST AS GOOD..I HAVE EVEN BEEN OUT OF BROWN SUGAR AND USED WHITE SUGAR AND NOBODY KNEW THE DIFFERENCE). I THINK I WILL STICK WITH THE CHEAPER VERSION OF THE TWO.
**3780 calories for the total recipe as written, (adding a 1/2 head of cabbage totals up to 3920)**
I have been using this recipe for the past 10 YEARS, it was the 1st recipe I printed off the internet! :)
Two big changes I have made:
~HALVE the vinegar and lemon juice.
~Chop up an entire head of cabbage in the food processor (to small crumbs) and add it to the doubled recipe (just a half head for the recipe as written). It might look like too much but it's not, it blends perfectly with the texture of the groundbeef and my family can't tell the difference when I make it without the cabbage. Cabbage is super cheap (and healthy!) and is a great way to really stretch the meat in this dish without gumming it up with oatmeal like so many recipes call for.
This is a superb freezer meal--I make a double batch every couple months or whenever ground beef is on a great sale and bag it up in freezer bags. Quicker (and cheaper!) to just defrost a bag quickly than even opening a can and browning up the meat. My family gives this a two big thumbs up--with the caveat of the vinegar/lemon juice change ;)
(oh, and you can use the un-condensed version of the gumbo soup if you can't find it, I've done that often with no noticeable difference, it'll just need to simmer a bit longer to compensate for the additional liquid. Another frugal hint: Aldi's often carries the uncondensed version in their Fit & Active brand if you have one of their stores nearby)
Anyways, Thanks Mark, love the recipe!
The big problem with this recipe is that it did not call for patience to wait the four hours or so to try it. this is so good that I craved the meal all day!! I have never rated a recipe before but this one is so so gooooood!!by the way I have sent this many of my friends so they could make it It is now famous as it 32 below zero where i live now and everyone is raving about these SJs thank you Mark
This recipe is awesome! I followed the recipe exactly as stated however, didn't have any liquid smoke - no problem - I am not a big fan of it anyway. But my kids devoured it. I was so skeptical at first......but it was absolutely fantastic. Didn't have time for a crock pot - simmered on the stove for 2 hrs. - PERFECTION!!
The texture of these is phenomenal. I think every ingredient is well worth the work. Jalapeno is an extra my husband and I added. We'll never go back to the "old" way of doin' em.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Mark's Nearly Famous Sloppy Joes
Serving Size: 1/10 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 281
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