Grandma's Sloppy Joes
Beef Ground Beef

Grandma’s Famous Sloppy Joes: A Frugal Family Friendly Supper

My Grandma taught me how to be frugal and how to save. She would shop the flyers and save everything. I love to shop the sales just like her and I always stock up on ground beef when there is a good sale. Ground beef is so versatile and can be used in so many delicious recipes, including my Grandma’s famous sloppy joes.

These sloppy joes are so easy to make. There are simple ingredients in this recipe, but when added together they make a delicious family supper. My children love these. And they are even excited when they get served these leftovers the next day. Which is a real win with my kids as leftovers are usually not something that they get excited to eat.

Liquid smoke is an ingredient that I fell in love with at my Grandma’s. When she added it to her sloppy joes it just made them so much more delicious. You get that smoky hickory flavor to your meat without needing to smoke it! It is an ingredient that I love to add to just about any protein. And in my opinion it is what makes Grandma’s famous sloppy joes so famous (in our family).

Serving Suggestions for Grandma’s Famous Sloppy Joes

When you serve these tasty joes, I highly suggest eating them on a bun with mayonnaise and cheese. Or butter and cheese if mayo is not to your liking. And if bread is not your thing, then you should try scooping this up with tortilla chips. You could also try a lettuce wrapped sloppy joe, but just be prepared to get very sloppy.

I like to serve these with an easy side salad and fries for a simple meal. But if I am feeling a little bit more ambitious, I will make my warm potato salad or homemade dill pickle chips.

Grandma's famous sloppy joes

Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • 2 ½ lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup Onion, small dice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • ¼ tsp Pepper
  • 2 cans Tomato Soup
  • 1 Tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Liquid Smoke
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • ½ tsp Onion Powder


  • In a pan over medium heat melt the butter, then sautè the garlic and the onion together for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook until the beef is browned and cooked through.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve on buns with mayo and cheese.
Keyword Easy, Frugal, Ground Beef, Tomato Soup

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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