“Convention” (Make Ahead) Sloppy Joes
This tasty Sloppy Joes recipe was designed specifically to serve while living out of a hotel room - and provide a lot of nutrients - but they are also great at home, of course
Servings 24 Cups of Filling
- 1 lb Mushrooms Chopped
- 1 Poblano Pepper Seeded and chopped
- 3 Jalapeno Peppers Chopped (seeded if you choose)
- 4 Green Bell Peppers seeded and chopped
- 3 Red Bell Peppers Seeded and chopped
- 2 Red Onions Peeled and chopped
- 1 Yellow Onion Peeled and chopped
- 6-7 Celery Ribs Chopped
- 6 Carrots Peeled and grated
- 2 tsp Salt
- 4 lbs Ground Beef
- 2 lbs Ground Chorizo-type Sausage
- 1 lbs Ground Pork
- 8 cups Tomato / Spaghetti Sauce of Choice
- 12 Garlic cloves Peeled and minced
- ¼ Cup Vinegar
- 2 tsp Ground Pepper
- 1 Tbsp Steak Spice
In a LARGE pot (You may want a stock pot for this!), combine all of the vegetables and 2 tsp of salt. Cook over high heat, stirring often, until vegetables are soft and most of the water has come out of them – it will look soupy.
Once you set the vegetables to cook, combine all three meats in another large pot / pan. Cook – stirring frequently and breaking up chunks – until browned and cooked through.
Strain meats off of any fat and drippings, and add to vegetables. Stir well to combine.
Add tomato/spaghetti sauce, garlic, vinegar, pepper and steak spice to the pot, stir well to fully combine. Bring just up to a simmer, then turn the heat off – mixture should be way more loose / wet than a standard Sloppy Joe filling, do not cook it down!
Taste mixture, adjust seasonings as desired. Feel free to add more vinegar if you want more of an acidic bite to it.
Cool to room temperature, transfer to freezer safe containers, and freeze until use.
Thaw out (At a convention, place it in your bathroom sink in the morning when you’re done with it, fill with cool water)
Several hours before serving, transfer mixture to Crock Pot (doesn’t need to be fully thawed), heat on high for a few hours, stirring every hour or so (Good to coordinate this with roomies!)
Once mixture cooks down to a nice thick consistency, turn heat down to low until serving. If mixture gets too thick, see if a vending machine has a bottle of V8, add a little to thin it out.
Serve on buns.
For immediate, non-CrockPot use:
Rather than removing mixture from heat after seasoning, turn heat down to medium and simmer until sauce cooks down to a nice thick consistency. Serve over toasted buns.
Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 968mg | Potassium: 748mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3685IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg