It’s snowing again, I’ve just turned in a revision on Book 2 in the Deadly Force Series, and I’m trying to catch up with my husband, kids, life, etc. Aaaaaaaaaand, we had to drive 500 miles RT in one day to pick up my son from college because he has the flu. Not to mention the war between Book 1’s desire for promo and Book 3’s need to be written! Oh, and a Goodreads Giveaway for Every Deep Desire (Book 1)!! And the last thing I want to do is cook. So what’s a hungry writer to do? Sloppy Joes and potato chips. And if I’m craving vegetables, a side salad. So dig in and enjoy!
And, just because I could, the men in my Deadly Force Series, all ex-Green Berets, make Sloppy Joes in the second book in the series (Title TBD). It’s either Sloppy Joes or one-minute noodles and there’s an interesting argument about the pros and cons of both. 🙂
Even though I'm always worried about time and ease of cooking, I much prefer to make my own sloppy joe seasoning mix. It not only tastes better, it's super easy to put together and makes enough for three rounds of this recipe. If stored properly (I use a pint-sized canning mason jar) it will last for six months. I serve these sandwiches with my classic coleslaw and potato chips. My kids are always telling me that potato chips could be considered vegetables. With this meal, I agree!
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- 2 Tablespoons onion powder
- 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon dry mustard
- 1 Tablespoon chili powder
- 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes (optional)*
- 2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
- 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 4 Tablespoons cornstarch
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 Tablespoons seasoning mix
- 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water
- 4 rolls
- In a bowl, mix together all of the seasoning mix ingredients.
- Store in a 1 pint mason jar other glass jar with an airtight lid. (Will keep for up to six months)
- *red pepper flakes are optional, depending on how hot and spicy you like the sloppy joes.
- Brown ground beef in a skillet, drain fat.
- Stir in 3 Tablespoons of the seasoning mix, tomato sauce, and water. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
- Remove lid and keep cooking until meat reaches desired thickness.
- Serve on rolls. (potato chips on the side are nice, too!)
If you like your sloppy joe's spicier, add the red pepper. You could also use chipotle chili powder instead of regular chili powder since it has more heat.
The seasoning mix and this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled. But the seasoning mix can only be stored for six months.
The meat reheats well and makes great leftovers.
While this recipe can be made ahead, it does not freeze well.
And don’t forget the Goodreads Giveaway going on for Every Deep Desire (Book 1) until the book debuts on March 6.
Sharon Wray is a librarian who once studied dress design in the couture houses of Paris and now writes novels of suspense, adventure, and love. The author of the Romantic Suspense Deadly Force Series, her debut book Every Deep Desire releases on March 6, 2018 and is still available for pre-order.