My Mom’s Sloppy Joes with Chicken Gumbo Soup have been made the same way as long as I can remember, and our family loves them! They’re a little different than the normal Sloppy Joes, because she uses a can of chicken gumbo soup and a touch of dried thyme, which makes these messy sandwiches incredibly good. She got this recipe from her sister-in-law over 50 years, now that’s a tried and true family recipe!
If you’re tired of regular Sloppy Joes and you’re looking for a new tasty recipe, give my Mom’s recipe a try then you be the judge. They’re also a healthy dinner because they’re low in fat and calories, when made with ground sirloin.
My Mom’s Sloppy Joes have lean ground beef with pieces of onion simmered in a savory broth of chicken gumbo soup that’s kissed with a touch of dried thyme.
The hamburger buns shown in this post are from our local Publix Super Market. When I don’t have time to make homemade hamburger buns I can always count on their bakery for delicious breads!
In a dutch oven or skillet over high heat, brown the ground sirloin with the chopped onion.
Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and dried thyme, stir thoroughly. Then add the can of condensed chicken gumbo soup.
Next, add the water, along with the ketchup and mustard. Stir again and bring to a simmer over high heat.
Reduce heat to medium-low but keep the mixture at a simmer. Cook uncovered approximately 20 minutes, or until desired thickness. You’ll want the sauce to be thick enough to hold up on a bun but still a little runny so it lives up to it’s ‘Sloppy’ name.
Now, get ya some soft homemade hamburger buns, or fresh ones from a local bakery, and take a big bite! Using a fork is totally optional. My Mom made a double batch of her Sloppy Joes last week for a family painting party, because a few of us got together to paint their house. It was a lot of work but we had fun too. And, I made a batch last night and we enjoyed the leftovers for dinner with my Mom & Dad. Believe it or not, she used to go by memory but after we made them twice recently she told me from now on she’ll go right by this recipe. Yay, I got my Mom’s seal of approval, I’m so honored!
- 1 pound ground sirloin 90/10, or other ground beef
- 1 small or medium onion, chopped
- ¼ teaspoon salt, or to taste
- ¼ teaspoon pepper, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme, or to taste
- 1 (10.75 oz) can condensed chicken gumbo soup
- ½ can water (5 - 6 ounces)
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
- In a dutch oven or skillet over high heat, brown the ground sirloin with the chopped onion.
- Add the salt, pepper and dried thyme, stir thoroughly. Add the chicken gumbo soup, ½ can water, ketchup and mustard. Stir again and bring to a simmer over high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium-low but keep the mixture at a simmer. Cook uncovered approximately 20 minutes, or until desired thickness. Serve on regular or homemade hamburger buns.
Interesting links on beef:
- Tips for freezing and safely handling ground beef
- Understanding Ground Beef Labels and their fat percentages
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