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Fall is here and that means one thing at our house. Football season! I couldn’t deny all of you ladies the recipe that seems to be our game day essential. I never liked sloppy joes when I was little and I think it had to do with the fact that it usually came from a can. This homemade, super easy and DELICIOUS recipe will have you wondering how the stuff in the can ever made it into your mouth ;). This is a great party food as well, throw it in a crock pot, bring some buns and people will be begging you for your secret! This is a meal that the whole family is bound to love!

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The recipe calls for 1/2 a cup of celery, but in my opinion the celery is one of the best parts. It gives it that crunch and freshness that most sloppy joes lack. I usually end up adding a full cup of celery to this recipe.

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If you’re not a big fan of red meat, feel free to swap that hamburger for some turkey burger! I make my sloppy joes with turkey burger half the time, and truth be told.. I kind of prefer it!

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Brown everything together till the meat is cooked and the onions begin turning clear.

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If you feel like the mixture could use a little more sauce just add a squirt more of ketchup and a dab of mustard!

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Oh, and did I mention.. this stuff makes THE BEST leftovers. Scoop some from your Tupperware, reheat and eat it throughout the week. You might be fighting over who gets the last bits.

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Sloppy Joes


  • 1 pound hamburger or turkey burger
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 -1 cup celery, finely diced
  • 1 can chicken gumbo soup
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • chili powder (optional)


  1. In a large pan combine hamburger, onion and celery. Cook on medium high heat until the hamburger is browned. Drain grease from the pan. Add chicken gumbo soup, ketchup, mustard and a dash of chili powder (if desired). Reduce heat and simmer until ingredients are warmed through. Serve on hamburger buns.

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Chips, fruit and veggies make the perfect sides!

What is one of your favorite game day foods?

    1. October 5th, 2013 at 7:14 pm
      Susan says:
      I see rice in the pictures but not in the recipe.
      • October 5th, 2013 at 9:55 pm
        Lara says:
        The rice is in the Campbell's chicken gumbo soup :)
    2. October 7th, 2013 at 9:16 pm
      Penny says:
      Mmmm..........that looks yummy! I'm going to try it!
    3. August 6th, 2014 at 7:13 am
      Kelly says:
      This is the same recipe I grew up on! It brings back great memories when my Grandmother would fix this for us and now I make it for my son! This is the only sloppy joe recipe I will use! I'm so glad to see it here :-) Now I know what to fix for supper tonight! Thanks so much!
    4. August 6th, 2014 at 12:30 pm
      Sindee Hernandez says:
      Just made this for lunch and it's DELISH!!! I had to walk out of the kitchen before I ate it all!!! LOL Thanks for sharing, I will defiantly be making this on a regular basis!!
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