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Easy Halloween  Sloppy Joes Recipe

Easy Halloween Sloppy Joes Recipe

My grandma served these sandwiches every time I visited, and when I had children of my own, I made these sandwiches. My grandchildren enjoy it now, too. It's an inexpensive recipe to make, so it's great for a party. —Patricia Pidgeon, Sycamore, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 45 min. YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 8 hamburger buns, split
  • 8 slices process American cheese
  • 2 baby dill pickles, sliced

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, relish and brown sugar. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until heated through.
  • 2. Spoon over hamburger bun halves. Cut each slice of cheese diagonally. Cut one piece diagonally again. Use two smaller triangles as eyes and large triangle as mouth. Put 1 slice pickle on each eye. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 433 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 1247mg sodium, 59g carbohydrate (31g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein

Reviews for Easy Halloween Sloppy Joes

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CathyOMichigan
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2014

"My mother made a very similar recipe. It has yellow mustard in place of the relish. make these, shut the heat off for half hour or so, turn the heat back on and let the sugars carmelize. .. oh boy.. the flavor is out of this world! This is the key step.Be careful though, the will burn very easily. I've made them for crowds and am always asked for the recipe. Enjoy!"

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skipper3
Reviewed Oct. 25, 2011

"My son was making fun of this while I was making it and I doubled the recipe and we ate it two nights in a row. It is sweet, but not too sweet. We all LOVED IT!!"

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tagstr
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2011

"tried this recipe but thought it was way to sweet. I make my sloppy Joes with ketchup and that is sweet enough. I also add peppers, celery and onion to my recipe so that might make the difference"

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bearceeper
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"liked it and almost all of the other variations"

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jensenal
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I fallowed the recipe just to see how it tasted. I liked the taste of the sauce but thought it was too sweat. Will make it again and ad some vinegar & mustard,and cut back on the sugar. Other than that I liked it. Quick and easy to make."

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colt4
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"my hubby always thought my sloppy joe's was the ticket....tasted yours yesterday and said this had to be the best! I did add some worchestershire sauce and 2 drops of liquid smoke....."

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Julielynn38
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"My dad makes this but I actually increase the beef to 1 and a half pounds and add a can of tomato soup and a can of chicken gumbo. And simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. It is awesome! It is a big hit at parties!"

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kirbyg
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2011

"I made the recipe exactly as stated and they turned out excellent. They were not too sweet as other reviewers thought they would be. They were perfect. My family loved them. They are very unique. I made a second batch and added the 8 slices of cheese to it while cooking so it melted within and it turned out wonderfully also. This recipe deserves 10 stars!

~ EXCELLENT RECIPE!!!"

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lizbethr
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I should have followed my instincts, which said,"Too sweet!!!!" With the sweet pickle relish & then that much sugar, I didn't like this at all. in fact,some of it might go outside to the "critters". Sorry"

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sunsetgrafx
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"My family loved it. Especially since it looked like a jack o'lantern face. Would make again!"

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chascocountry
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I used to make a sloppy joe back in the early 70's with a can of Campbell's Pork and Beans, Open Pit Barbecue sauce, brown sugar, mustard and onions, ground beef and don't have the recipe anymore and I checked with Campbell's and Open Pit years ago and they don't either...no ketchup, no relish...it was very good.....serve open faced...."

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marilyn@karpfrosh.com
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"My mother's sloppy joe recipe is the best one I've ever eaten: Brown 1 lb ground beef with 1/2 cup chopped onions. Drain off fat and add 1 cup catsup, 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar, 1 tsp. yellow mustard, dash garlic powder, and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Simmer 20 minutes and serve on buns with cole slaw."

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annsway1
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"reduced brown sugar and relish, added one teaspon prepared mustard. Great, will make again and again.The relish is what I missed in my original recipe. Deliscious. Thanks"

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pccoffee
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"way to much brown sugar, and to much relish, I used half of each and it was on the boarder. Might even use less next time"

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robin33048
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Yummy and so cute. Great with a nice bowl of tomato soup."

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BillyjoB
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I have made this several times for my children and my husband insisted I make it."

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7MAM
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"Very good, reduce the brown sugar and half of the relish...work out great family loved it...happy fall...."

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BEFED
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"There must be a typo here. I'm sure you mean chili sauce instead of sweet relish, and definitely less sugar. I won't waste the ingredients to make this version."

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rdailey
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"I've been using similar ingredients for sloppy joes--hamburger, onion, green pepper, ketchup and a little brown sugar--for years, but 1/2 c. brown sugar and 3/4 c. sweet pickle relish to just one pound of ground beef sound awfully sweet. Has anyone tested this recipe?"

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deebeth71
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"That's a lot of sugar, b/c the catsup and sweet relish also have sugar. I would eliminate the catsup and sugar and use 12 oz tomato sauce. If it is not sweet enough for your taste, add 2 Tbsp brown sugar."

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deebeth71
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2011

"That is a lot of sugar in the recipe, since the sweet relish and catsup also have sugar. I eliminate the catsup and substitute tomato sauce, add a Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, a bell pepper and 2 celery ribs, and use about 2 Tbsp brown sugar."

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