Eating sloppy joes always brings back good memories for me. There’s the memories of Fifth Street Elementary School in Livermore in the 1960’s where the hot lunch cart that served sloppy joes was parked outside of Mrs. Fannuchi’s classroom and the memories of Girl Scout campouts when I was a kid. The best memories that they bring back are the campouts with my daughters and the dinners at home when my daughter Whitney has requested sloppy joes for dinner.
The sloppy joes that I make are a healthier version than those served at Fifth Street School and the Girl Scout campouts. However, the recipe is based on the recipe in the Girl Scout Handbook.
Sloppy Joes 2010 Style
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1.8 pounds extra lean ground beef
- 1 10.75 oz. can reduced sodium tomato condensed soup
- 1 tablespoon yellow prepared mustard
- Pepper to taste
- 6 whole wheat hamburger buns
Lightly spray a large skillet with cooking spray. Saute onions until translucent. Add ground beef to the skillet and brown. Drain liquid. Add the tomato soup (do not add water to the condensed soup) and mustard. Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Spoon sloppy joe mixture onto hamburger buns. Serve.
The sloppy joe mix is always more flavorful the next day, so this is a good make ahead dish.