Sloppy Joe has quickly become a staple at our house. Both of my boys love it and request it often. When I was growing up, Sloppy Joe consisted of browning ground beef and adding a can of Manwich. Does this sound familiar?? Unfortunately, my boys can’t have Manwich due to some of the ingredients being allergens for them. I set out to find a recipe to make it from scratch. Many of the recipes that I found contained Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce. Atticus is allergic to soy and both products contain soy. I read lots of recipes and experimented on my own. After a few trials and errors, I’ve come up with a recipe that my whole family loves. I hope you learn to love it, too.
- 1-1.5 lbs. Ground Beef
- 1 Small Onion, Chopped
- 1 Small Green Pepper, Seeded and Chopped
- 1 (15 oz) Can Tomato Sauce
- 1 c. Ketchup
- 2 TBS Brown Sugar
- 1 tsp. Prepared Mustard
- ⅛ tsp. Garlic Powder
- ½ tsp. Dry Italian Seasoning
- Combine all ingredients listed above, except for the beef.
- Let simmer for 15-20 minutes to allow the flavors to blend.
- Brown 1-1.5 lbs. of ground beef in a large skillet until the beef is no longer pink.
- Drain the beef.
- Add the beef to the sauce and simmer on medium-low for 8-10 minutes, stirring often.
- Cover and let stand for about 5 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger buns.
I typically make this dish with ground beef but it can also be made with ground chicken, ground turkey or ground pork. This is also a wonderful recipe to make in your crock pot. I combine all the ingredients listed above (except for the ground beef) in the crock pot and cook on high with the lid on while I brown the ground beef. This allows the flavors to blend. Once you drain the beef, add it to your crock pot and turn the setting onto low. I let it cook on low till we are ready to eat. If you let it cook all day, stir a couple times to continue to mix the ingredients and flavors.
Be sure to read all of your labels. I have found many spices (i.e. garlic powder) that includes additional ingredients like soy.
Known Allergy Information (containing the major 8): None
I used Trader Joe’s Organic Ketchup.
If you are going gluten free, substitute a gluten free hamburger bun or you can also eat it with potato chips. I use the chips to dip into the sloppy joe. Delish!
**Disclaimer: Please note that every child’s sensitivity to their given allergen(s) varies. Some of the items that I use do contain “natural flavoring” and “spices” which is hard to determine if it is 100% allergy free. You should always check with the manufacturer to confirm that your child can have their product(s). The products that I list are items that I’ve been using for awhile and have proven to be safe for my boys (their allergies are dairy, soy, egg, peanut, garbanzo beans, watermelon, tree nut, fish, shellfish and sesame).**