Sloppy joes are an every other month kind of meal for us. The Teenager doesn't care for it (never has), so I don't keep it on the menu. However, sloppy joes are such an easy, tasty supper that even my mister and middle-Little can make, I am sure to have the mix on hand for them. The thing I like best about my sloppy joe recipe is it even appeals to my vegetarian friends who gobble this up when I make it with tofu crumbles.
You'll need the following ingredients to make enough sloppy joe mix for 2 pounds of ground beef, turkey, lamb, deer, or tofu:
1 cup water
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons dehydrated onion flakes
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons Worchestershire sauce
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 bay leaves
*I use this recipe for making tomato paste. I like it very much just as it is written on the link. However, if you are using store bought tomato paste, you can also add one minced bell pepper to this recipe.
You can add the sauce directly to cooked ground meat or you can cool completely and can. (I use a hot water bath, 16 ounces per jar with a 1/2 inch head space, processed for 10 minutes.)
Easy peasy and so much better than the store bought stuff!