Homemade sloppy Joes are a family favorite. This recipe calls for the addition of earthy mushrooms, giving the mixture a deeper, less sweet flavor.

Shopping at the Walmart. You know, that store we all love to hate.

Why is it that Walmart attracts the strangest sights? Is it just because it is always so packed that you are bound to see something interested or is it that Walmarts are like a flame/moths relationship and just bring out the WT in people? I hate to shop there but the other night we had a blender incident and I was in need of some parchment paper so at 10:30 at night, Handsome and I found ourselves stopping at the local big box chain to pick up a few things (oh, and we totally splurged and I got to geek out on Thor all over again*).

The only thing that could top the people that grace the aisles of Walmart, is the things they are buying. It really make me raise an eyebrow. For example, arrows, arrow tips, a target and Operation (that really annoying game that I sucked at as a child – still do) at 10:30 on a Friday night certainly makes me wonder what it is you are up to.

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But then again, Walmart is the perfect place to pick up the ingredients for homemade sloppy Joes.


Homemade Sloppy Joes

from America’s Test Kitchen Light and Healthy 2011Homemade Sloppy Joes \\ PassTheSushi.com


  • 6 oz white mushrooms, sliced thin
  • 2 teas canola oil
  • Salt
  • medium onion, minced (abut 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 teas chili powder
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teas brown sugar
  • 1 teas cider vinegar
  • 10 ounces 93% lean ground beef
  • Pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns


Combine the mushrooms, 1 teas of the oil, and 1/4 teas salt in a 12 inch non-stick skillet cover and cook over medium-low heat until softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Uncover, increase the heat to medium-high, and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms are well browned, 8 to 12 minutes longer. Transfer to a food processor and pulse until the mushrooms are finely ground, about 6 pulses.

Heat the remaining 1 tea oil in the skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add the processed mushrooms and onion, cover, and cook until the onion is softened, 8 to 12 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce, ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, and cider vinegar. Bring to a simmer and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce is thickened slightly, about 15 minutes.

Add the beef and simmer, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide the mixture among the buns, and serve.


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 * Seriously, Ladies, if you have not seen Thor – you do not know what you are missing. They do not go without proving that Chris Hemsworth got in mighty fine shape for the role – worth putting up with smashing hammers and comic book movies for 2 hours.


  1. A blender “incident” at 10:30PM? That sounds like the start of a good story…. Who can resist Sloppy Joes?

  2. Confession: I’ve never had a sloppy joe. It’s just one of those many American dishes I haven’t ever encountered. Looks tasty, thougH!

  3. Sloppy joes are awesome. Always makes me think of being a kid. There is not a Walmart very close to my house but sometimes I make the drive because lets face it things are cheaper there. But it is always an experience to go there….

  4. Thor was a great movie. And I also dislike shopping at Walmart. Idk if it’s the lighting that is weird or what but it definitely is a different world in there.

  5. I often wonder why Wal-Mart is so easy to hate! Gotta love it though. Gotta love these sloppy joe’s too. I haven’t had one in so long but it sounds delicious!

  6. Yum yum yum! The onion rolls with the sloppy joe mixture is just too much. I’m starving.

    I try to avoid Walmart at all costs but Super Target is across the city so sometimes I do end up there. And end up scared of out of my wits by the time I leave.

  7. These sloppy joe’s look great! I have trouble finding a healthy recipe for joe’s that actually looks and tastes good.

    And I avoid Walmart around here…its just too nuts! Especially near the holidays. They just made it a super Walmart or whatever and its even worse.

  8. Whenever I’m in Wal-Mart (which is rare!) I usually speedwalk and get the heck out of there! Haha.

    I forgot how much I love sloppy joes until I saw this picture. This recipe sounds great…especially with the mushrooms!

  9. Omg this looks so good! Believe it or not I have never had a sloppy joe in my life!! They always make me drool though when I see them… I really really really need to eat one!

  10. I have two questions:
    1) hoe much water do you add? It is not listed on the ingredient list
    2) in the ingredient list you have paste but in the recipe it says sauce.
    Please and thank you!

    1. Hi Faye, I am at work right now and I thought I grabbed the right magazine to answer you on my rush out the door, but I didn’t. Im sorry. I will check tonight when I get home and answer you as soon as I can.

    2. It is an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. Sorry for that.

  11. If the picture doesn’t make you want to eat this up, a read through the list of ingredients surely will.

    This recipe sounds great.

  12. Not to many people could make a sloppy joe look good but your camera skills are pretty fine tuned girl. I love the Walmart story, unfortunately where I live that is about all we have to shop at because we live in that great state that started that lovely store :). See Friday nights can be entertaining just by a trip to wally-world LOL!

  13. Love how you added mushrooms. Looks great! Yes, Walmart can sometimes be a very strange place! lol

  14. Its funny but I’ve found myself at walmart a couple times this past week…before that it had been awhile. everytime I go in there I’m amazed at the prices…its sparks the frugal side of me! 🙂 If I could stand the crowd, I would shop there more…but I can NOT stand the crowd 🙂

    My hubby’s all time favorite is sloppy joes. This looks delicious, your photos are awesome! I love the changes you made in the recipe!

  15. LOL! The game operation totally freaked me out as a kid because I was so bad I kept making that buzzer go off! GRRR! (You might like the song “people of Walmart”. Check it out on Youtube.)

    Sloppy joes are so fun to eat, especially with my other half. He doesn’t really like to get messy so it really is fun to watch while I chow down on mine. I have never ever had a recipe that looked decent. Thanks for this!

  16. I haven’t had sloppy joes in sooo long! Your pictures are giving me a serious craving, looks delicious!

  17. Lisa Evanoff says:

    Had these tonight and they were sooo good

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