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Grandma's Sloppy Joes

This is my Grandma's recipe and brings back such great memories. This will soon be your family's new favorite as well!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Ruth Soukup


  • 4 lbs ground beef or vegetarian crumbles
  • 1 can chicken gumbo soup
  • 1-2 cans tomato rice soup
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup


  1. Chop onions.
  2. Brown ground beef ( or vegetarian crumbles) and then set aside.
  3. Whisk together soups, brown sugar, chili powder, vinegar and ketchup.  If you are making the vegetarian version, you can skip the chicken gumbo and double up on the tomato rice instead.
  4. Add chopped onions and whisk well.
  5. Then add ground beef (or vegetarian crumbles) and mix well.
  6. Label freezer bags and then divide mixture into 2 bags.
  7. Let thaw, heat mixture on stove-top, let it come to a boil then lower and simmer for 30-45 minutes or heat on low in crock-pot for 3-4 hours.

Recipe Notes

Cooking time: 30-45 minutes on stove-top or 3-4 hours in crock-pot

Number of servings (yield): 16