Sloppy Joes are a truly American entree. The combination of a rich, spicy tomato-based sauce and seasoned ground beef between two hamburger buns has been a quick-fix meal for families for decades. However, plain, old Sloppy Joes can become boring after a while. There are many other creative meals you can make using Sloppy Joe meat filling.
Tacos and Burritos
Give your Sloppy Joe a Latin flair by making Sloppy Joe tacos and burritos. For the tacos, heat up taco shells in the microwave and fill them with spicy or mild Sloppy Joe meat and other taco fillings, such as lettuce, salsa, cheese and sour cream. For the burritos, toast several flour or corn tortillas in a large skillet or on a griddle. Fill them with the Sloppy Joe meat and add whatever other fillings you desire. Try adding seasoned rice, sauteed peppers, salsa, guacamole and pico de gallo (a mixture of tomatoes, onions and cilantro).
Sloppy Joe meat and sauce go well with several kinds of pasta. Try cooking up a box of elbow macaroni and tossing with Sloppy Joe meat for a twist on beefaroni. Serve Sloppy Joe meat over spaghetti, ziti or rigatoni instead of traditional pasta sauce. Fill pasta shells or cannelloni tubes with Sloppy Joe meat, top with cheese and bake until the cheese melts. Try substituting Sloppy Joe meat for the red sauce in your favorite lasagna recipe.
Rice and Potato Ideas
Sloppy Joe meat is also tasty when paired with rice or potatoes. You can make your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe or use a store-bought mixture and serve it atop rice or mashed potatoes. Additionally, you can mix Sloppy Joe meat with rice and use the mixture to stuff green bell peppers or acorn squash. You can also serve Sloppy Joe meat inside baked potatoes or on French fries or tater tots.
Sloppy Joe Dip
You can serve a Sloppy Joe meat dip inside a hollowed-out bread bowl. Mix a batch of your favorite Sloppy Joe recipe with some microwavable processed cheese and microwave the mixture until the cheese is melted, then stir to combine the cheese and meat. Take a large round loaf of bread, cut off the top of the loaf using a serrated bread knife. This top piece will serve as a lid to the bread bowl. Using your hands or a small fork, scoop out the inside of the bread loaf and discard or reserve for another use. Fill the bread loaf with the Sloppy Joe meat and serve with chips.
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