It’s late April and it’s 37 degrees. That’s a tragedy that translates into a serious need for comfort food. Some dusty part of my brain remembered the sloppy joes mi madre used to make that I loved. Hoping my 3-year-old would embrace culinary tradition, I made some educated guesses that led to this. After the initial screaming about how she didn’t want it and horror about the presence of foreign celestial objects in her food, she decided she really liked it. Score. Tradition lives.
2 lbs ground beef (I wanted lots of leftovers)
1 small onion, diced
1 can of tomato paste
2 cans of condensed Chicken and Stars soup
2 T. Worcestershire sauce (Has there ever been a more aggravating word to spell?)
5 T. ketchup
2 c. water
Some chili powder, celery salt, salt and pepper to taste
1. Saute the onion in some canola oil.
2. Add beef and brown it.
3. Add the other stuff and simmer for about 30-40 minutes. Taste it periodically to decide if you want to add more stuff; this recipe is highly malleable.
4. Serve on wheat hamburger buns, preferably the big guys.
5. Hope your kid chills out and gobbles it up (as mine did). Enjoy the trip down culinary memory lane.
Note: This is actually ready a lot faster if you omit the 2 c. of water. So heck yeah, omit that water! Also, sub a can of Condensed Chicken Gumbo in to replace one of the cans of Condensed Chicken and Stars for a little more flavor, and sub in some BBQ sauce for some ketchup. Make it yours.