Anyone remember that song by Adam Sandler on SNL- Lunch Lady Land? If you don't know what I'm talking about go HERE - it's totally hilarious! Go ahead, go watch it, I'll wait...
Okay, funny right? I'm not one to watch much SNL (then or now) but I loved Adam Sandler on that show. He's such a classic. And everytime I make sloppy joes I can't help but think of that song. It's like "Lunch Lady Land" is a theme song for standing over the stove, browning ground beef and sandwiching it between a bun. My apologies if you find yourself singing that song the rest of the day :-)
When I was a kid my mom used to make Manwich. You know that canned red sauce you mix with ground beef? As a kid, I didn't love it. I don't know what about it I didn't like, I just didn't. But I find myself as an adult wanting to eat those things that remind me of my childhood. Except I don't make it from a can. I have no problem with the can and if that's what you like, that's fine, but I find my version just as simple and much tastier and I happen to like that I know the ingredients going into it.
This recipe came about by chance one day. I just added some ketchup and salsa together and it tasted familiar...like sloppy joes.Then I added spices and came up with a version I liked. I recommend toasting your bun so the bread doesn't soak up all the sauce leaving you with a soggy bun. Otherwise just enjoy it and sing along with with Adam Sandler and you chomp down on your sloppy joe, slop, sloppy joe.
Sloppy Joes by Monica HPrinter Friendly Version
- 1 pound ground beef
- 3-4 Tablespoons chopped onion, optional
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2-1 teaspoon kosher salt (if you use table salt- use 1/4-1/2 tsp)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 cup jarred salsa
- 1/4 cup ketchup
In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown your ground beef and onions, breaking up into tiny bits. Cook til meat is cooked through and onions are tender. Drain off any excess fat.
Add garlic, salt, and cumin and stir around pan til fragrant. Be careful not to burn your garlic!
Stir in your salsa and ketchup until thick and saucy. Lower the temp to low and simmer for about 10 minutes. If it gets too thick, and a bit of water to thin it out. If too thin, then let it simmer a bit longer, uncovered.
Check for seasoning, add more salt if necessary and sandwich between a toasted bun or white bread.