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ISO Sloppy Joe recipe that tastes like Manwich

momskitchen Feb 26, 2011 04:31 AM

I have tried many homemade sloppy joe recipes, but my family much prefers Manwich in a can. I'd like to find a recipe that tastes like it that I can make from scratch. Anyone have one?

  1. Antilope Mar 12, 2011 03:11 PM

    Penzey's Sloppy Joes recipe
    http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

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      noodlepoodle Feb 27, 2011 12:52 PM

      Sloppy Joe Filling

      1 T olive oil
      1 small onion diced
      1.5 lbs of lean ground beef
      1 can tomato sauce (no salt)
      2 T tomato paste
      2 jalapeno peppers seeded and minced
      4 cloves garlic minced
      1 red pepper diced
      1/2 t dry mustard
      1 T molasses
      1 T red wine vinegar
      1 T Worcestershire sauce
      salt & pepper to taste

      Saute onion in olive oil in preheated skillet until translucent. Add red pepper and jalapeneos and saute until soft. Add ground beef and garlic over medium heat and cook until beef is no longer red. Add remaining ingredients and and simmer 20 minutes.

      I think the sweetness of the molasses is what makes this recipe more like Manwich.

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      1. re: noodlepoodle
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        Mayor of Melonville Mar 12, 2011 03:41 PM

        I doubt you'll find a hefty dose of jalapeno and red pepper in "real" Manwich...just buy the dang can of stuff and be done with it

      2. Antilope Feb 27, 2011 10:01 AM

        USDA school cafeteria Sloppy Joe on Roll
        http://www.nfsmi.org/USDA_recipes/school_recipes/F-05.pdf

        Sloppy Joe recipes from old newspapers

        Sloppy Joes - Jun 1956
        http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=tUBlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=34kNAAAAIBAJ&pg=806,2489019

        Sloppy Joes - Apr 1958
        http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RLBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=6QQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3244,7161905

        Sloppy Joes - Mar 1966
        http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=bsleAAAAIBAJ&sjid=eTIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5735,488633&hl=en

        Sloppy Joes - Feb 1968
        http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=...

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          berkleybabe Feb 26, 2011 12:26 PM

          Hi mom -- berkleybabe here. I use a recipe that I think I learned from Girl Scouts: brown 1 lb. ground beef (drain), add at least one diced onion and sautee till softened, add one can tomato soup (I use lower sodium), one can water. Sprinkle in some garlic powder, a couple of good shots of Worcestshire (maybe 1-2 T) and a splash of cider vinegar, salt and pepper. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes until reduced and not soupy. The soup gives it a bit of sweetness, the vinegar a little sour. I NEVER use green peppers. Reminds me of sleep-overs and birthday parties in junior high! Hope this helps.

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          1. re: berkleybabe
            momskitchen Feb 26, 2011 02:05 PM

            Thanks - I will give that a shot. Good info from a fellow Girl Scout! Good to see a fellow Michigander here on the homecooking list.

          2. drongo Feb 26, 2011 05:33 AM

            I haven't tried this myself, but here's something:
            http://www.food.com/recipe/manwich-co...

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            1. re: drongo
              mamachef Feb 26, 2011 06:05 AM

              Just make sure to use some TVP and MSG, and grind everything up very, very fine, and it should be okay. : )
              Every now and again I have a craving for actual Manwich too...(running away...)

              1. re: mamachef
                c oliver Feb 26, 2011 12:15 PM

                I just bought a bag of MSG to start adding to things. As Alan Barnes says 'ooh, mommy.'

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