Sloppy Joe

Happy National Sloppy Joe Day! I think I’d make some readers here nostalgic to your childhood memory today! 


So Sloppy Joe and I don’t have much memory between us…It’s simply because my college’s cafeteria didn’t have them, and except from school cafeteria where can we get to know them? All I saw in my college cafeteria was hamburgers, fries, plain pizza(didn’t even know Americans call cheese pizza “plain”!) some noodles like chow mein or Pad Thai(occasionally changed depending on…I don’t know, cook’s feeling?) or other baked goods like giant cookies or snacks. 


One day after I started to work full time and met my future-husband, we talked about what school lunch was like in our childhood. Even though I remember a lot of school lunch items, he remembered very little about them. Maybe he wasn’t that food fanatic like me, but one lunch item he told me was sloppy joe. 


As you can predict, I never heard about that. He explained that it’s like bolognese sauce without pasta but as the filling for a sandwich. After several days, we had a chance to try it because a food truck had that. We’re supposed to share it but he felt so nostalgic about it, I just had one bite and gave all the lest to him. 


After loooong time has passed, I learned sloppy joe even got to be a national food holiday. I haven’t tried making it on my own, so this is going to be my first time cooking! 


Ready to feel nostalgic, for those who went to American schools? For those who didn’t go to American schools(except colleges/uni, you’re about to see an interesting food today! Let’s cook!


<Today’s Recipe>

Sloppy Joe

sloppy joe


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  1. Mix all ingredients for seasoning and set aside.
  2. Pour olive oil in a pan and bring it to medium high. Add garlic and wait until it starts to sizzle.
  3. Add onion, carrot, pepper and cook until they’re soft.
  4. Add protein and give a few stir to mix all ingredients well.
  5. Toast bread.
  6. Add seasoning mixture.
  7. When all the ingredients are fully mixed, remove from heat and put them on bread to make a sandwich. Enjoy!


<Cooking Tips>

My husband told me it’s supposed to be juicier, sloppier, and messier, so I think I should have added some water and made the sauce thick with potato-starch-water mixture. He also told me sloppy joe isn’t fancy food enjoyed in a restaurant but messier-dirtier-is-better to enjoy the pleasure of having casual food, so be ready to make your plate a mess (and forget about the fork and knife!)

sloppy joe

Sweet tangy flavor of the sandwich was good, especially since we don’t usually eat this rich flavored sandwich, so it was good trying something different from what we usually eat. 


Here is our little conversation made between us. 

Me: “Do you like this sloppy joe?”

Hubby: “Sure”

Me: “Do you want to go back to your childhood?”

Hubby: “For sloppy joe? NO!” 


For the protein, I think a lot of people use ground beef to make sloppy joe, but I used vegan meat from Fry’s. 

fry's ground protein

We’re still exploring vegan meat, and since it was our first time trying one from this brand, we’re looking forward to how this turns out in my homemade food. 

Hmm, the texture was interesting. Clearly it wasn’t “meat” but something else. The first thing we noticed was texture. It is made from pea protein, and it makes us feel as if we’re eating all-juice-soaked-up-barley. It was soft, chewy like small tapioca pearls. 

I think I’ll post an in-depth review for this later. 


Anyways, happy National Sloppy Joe Day to you guys! I hope you like sloppy joe and enjoyed my post today!


<Other Taking-You-Nostalgic Food>

The classic item! Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

peanut butter and jelly sandwich

More cheese, more pepperoni please! Pepperoni Pizza

pepperoni pizza

I’m forever jealous of American kids! Chocolate Milk

chocolate milk

Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

11 Comments Add yours

  1. johnrieber says:

    Now this is a celebration I can get behind!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hehe, join me now! Happy Sloppy Joe Day🎉


  2. Schmecken! says:

    I’m from Iowa and there is a claim that both the Sloppy Joe and the Maid Rite sandwich were invented here. I’m not sure that is anything to be all that proud of.

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh wow really!? Haha I think you should, since my husband was born in LA and grew up misses it so much after graduating high school such a looong time ago👍✨

      And for Maid Rite, it’s my first time to hear so I looked it up. I guess my sloppy joe isn’t saucy so maybe it’s more like Maid Rite sandwich🤔 Someday I visit Iowa, I’d definitely give it a try for both original sloppy joe and Maid Rite😁

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  3. Livia says:

    From reading your recipe, I can almost smell the deliciousness of that sloppy joe. 🤩
    I‘ve never had it since it isn‘t popular in any of the places I‘ve lived up to now but you made me curious with your recipe. Thanks for sharing it! 🙏😊

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Yay thank you Livia! This dish was new to me too! I never knew until my husband told me about it🤣 The name is so unique, right? But as I said, he told me it’s not exactly sloppy joe he had in his childhood, so I’d probably give it another try making it👍✨

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  4. One of the great discoveries of my childhood was the Sloppy Joe. I support a day for that!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh really!? Yay to Sloppy Joe! I wonder why this dish is only available in school lunch…I’d probably have it in a fancy cafe😆

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  5. I think Sloppy Joes are easy to make in quantity. My parents had 7 kids to feed, so Mom made them at home!

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Oh wow 7 kids are a lot!!👀 You must’ve grown up such a lively environment then. I have 1 siblings and we both are shy, so I’m jealous😂

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