In my little suburban, growing-up neighborhood in the 1950s, there was a food fad called “crumbleburgers” that was a favorite sandwich (besides PB&J) during my Boy Scout and “church kid” years. All the moms made them—my mom’s version was really great.
I don’t know if crumbleburgers are exactly the same thing as “sloppy joes” or not. As I remember, they were simplicity itself: ground beef and Heinz Chili Sauce. I don’t remember if my mom added fresh onion and bell pepper like I have. It doesn’t matter. It’s the memory that counts.
- 1 lb ground chuck (80-85% fat content)
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 1 green bell pepper
- 1 bottle (1/2 cups) Heinz Chili Sauce
- salt and pepper
- Heat the skillet to medium-high and add 1 tablespoon oil.
- Add ground beef and break it up into crumbles as you cook for 8-10 minutes until thoroughly browned with no pink remaining.
- While the beef is cooking, create 1/4″-1/2″ dice from the onion and green pepper.
- Lower heat to medium, stir in diced onion and pepper and cook 8-10 minutes until vegetables are very soft and golden.
- Lower heat, add Chili Sauce, and simmer for 20-30 minutes, covered.
- Spoon over hamburger bun(s) to create an open-face sandwich. Nutrition info below doesn’t include a bun.
- 12" skillet
- 1 tbsp fat for browning olive oil, canola, butter, etc.
- 1 lb ground beef 80-85% fat content
- 1 medium onion 1/4" dice
- 1 medium green pepper 1/4" dice
- 12 oz Heinz® Chili Sauce
- 1 each hamburger bun
- Heat fat over medium-high heat.
- Brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper for 5-7 minutes.
- Stir in chili sauce, bring to boil, lower heat, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
- Remove cover, add salt and pepper to taste. At this point, you must decide how sloppy you want your joes. If necessary, cook off some of the liquid over low-medium heat until desired thickness happens.
- Serve on or over your favorite hamburger buns and pretend you're on a picnic.