Not Your Typical Sloppy Joes

SloppyJoe1 I think there’s something wrong with eating sloppy joes made with canned sauce that won’t expire sitting on your shelf. It’s just not normal! And it doesn’t taste good.

When I was growing up, I was unaware that the type of sloppy joes my family always made were not even close to what most people think of when they think of the dish. No sweet, thick sauce here!

SloppyJoe5SloppyJoe4When I tell people how my mom and dad made this dish with chicken gumbo, people give me weird looks. And I don’t blame them. It’s a bit strange! When I asked my dad why he always made the type of recipe I’m sharing with you on this post, he simply said it’s the way sloppy joes were made when he was growing up. He doesn’t like the artificial-tasting canned stuff, either. So as recipes usually are, this one was passed down a generation.

But don’t knock it until you try it. I honestly like the rice from the gumbo in the mix. I know, I know, it’s really weird. It might take some getting used to.


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can Campbell’s chicken gumbo
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard


  • Brown beef in large skillet; drain grease
  • Return skillet to stove top on low heat and add chicken gumbo; stir
  • Add ketchup and mustard to taste; stir
  • Scoop spoonfuls of mixture onto hamburger bun; top with cheese

SloppyJoe2I will say this recipe can be a little on the bland side, so don’t be afraid to add other condiments, toppings, or seasonings to change it up a bit. I think barbecue sauce would be a great option. Or you could even teriyaki for a different twist. Heck, add salsa for all I care!

Will you be trying this version of sloppy joes? Let me know!


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2 Responses to Not Your Typical Sloppy Joes

  1. Wowza! Will be using ground turkey (preference) and might kick it up with some garlic powder, onion powder and cajun spice while browning the turkey (Gumbo gave me that inspiration). When my tummy feels up to it, definitely trying it!

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