Easy Sloppy Joes – FIVE ingredients!
These easy sloppy joes come together using only FIVE ingredients, including the bun and a slice of cheese! This will become a go-to quick weeknight meal.
When I was flipping through my friend Phi’s amazing new book, these sloppy joes stood out to me right away. Quick, easy, and a complete crowd pleaser. Plus I had a package of ground turkey in the fridge so the choice was pretty obvious.
But let me back it up a little. Who is Phi? What book? I kinda jumped in there, sorry. Phi is the brilliant mind behind the blog Sweetphi and is a former contributor to Rachel Cooks. She works a full time job and also does a stellar job of running her blog. Oh, and writing a cookbook. No big deal (I’M IN AWE). If you want a glimpse of how she gets it all done, check out her day in the life feature on Rachel Cooks. Granted, that was two years ago but Phi hasn’t slowed down with the awesomeness.
Her expertise and the subject of the cookbook? Five ingredient recipes. AKA all my dreams coming true.
Enter her cookbook – Fast and Easy Five Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People.
Busy people = ALL OF US.
So now that we’ve established that life is crazy, Phi is amazing, and this book is a lifesaver, let’s talk about some of the delicious recipes included in the book. These are a few that caught my eye:
- Oven Toad-in-the-Hole Pizzas
- Sundried Tomato Breakfast Pizza
- Creamy Potato and Kale Salad
- Rosemary Garlic Parmesan Frites
- Chicken Feta Tomato Pasta
- Spinach Alfredo Lasagna (lasagna with only five ingredients….unreal!)
- Peanut Butter Sea Salt Cookies
- Frozen Bananas Foster
And many more! Everything is included ranging from every day staples such as homemade ketchup to fancier offerings like her orange chocolate almond torte. I can’t wait to try more recipes.
I started with these easy sloppy joes, partly because I had all the ingredients on hand. Also it was a day full of recipe testing and blog work, and I wanted one of the recipes to fill in as lunch for Ben and me. This was perfect! And would you believe that the five ingredients in this recipe INCLUDES the bun and a slice of cheese?!?! It’s all thanks to a can of condensed tomato soup. I’ll admit, I was a little skeptical that it would come through in the flavor department, but it really does make the perfect quick and easy sloppy joe sauce. It’s a great balance of tangy and sweet.
Phi’s recipe for these easy sloppy joes calls for ground beef. I used extra lean ground turkey and Colby jack cheese instead of pepper jack. It’s a quick and easy lunch or dinner, perfect for any hurried weeknight. (PS: I have another recipe for turkey sloppy joes from way back when I didn’t know how to use a camera. Both recipes are delicious!)
Don’t forget to buy a copy of Fast and Easy Five Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People for the rest of the recipes!
Looking for more great sandwiches? Try:
- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed tomato soup, Campbell’s preferred
- 8 wheat hamburger buns (any soft bun would work)
- 8 slices pepper jack or colby jack cheese
- In a large skillet, cook the ground meat and red onion with the salt and pepper, breaking up the meat as it cooks over high heat. Cook until no more pink is visible on the beef, 15 to 20 minutes. It’s okay if there is a little bit of grease, but if you want, you can drain it at this point.
- Stir the condensed tomato soup into the beef mixture. Turn off the heat and stir so that the tomato soup is evenly distributed.
- Cut the buns in half; place a slice of cheese on the bottom half. Scoop a large spoonful or two of sloppy joe filling onto the cheese, and then place the top bun on top and enjoy. (I also added lettuce!)
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 426Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 812mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 34g
Husband’s take: No complaints from the peanut gallery about these – Ben loved them.
Changes I would make: None are necessary but I think they’d be great with some diced green peppers sautéed in with the onions.
Difficulty: Unbelievably easy.