Sassy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Freezer-Friendly)

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Freezer meal sloppy joe recipe

Easy Freezable Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a classic meal. They’re fun to eat, taste great, and they fill you up nicely. Since my family and I really enjoy them, I try to make them pretty often, but some nights I’m simply too busy or just don’t feel like doing the prep for sloppy joes.

That’s where this recipe comes in handy because it’s freezable! You probably already know, but I am a big freezer meal fan. They can be a lifesaver when you’re short on time or not in the mood to cook.

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This Sassy Sloppy Joe recipe has now become a favorite of mine because it’s so convenient! I got it from Don’t Panic, Dinner’s In The Freezer, a recipe book full of excellent make-ahead freezer meals!

Freezer Instructions

To freeze these sloppy joes, I use something called the freezer bag method. It’s really simple and it helps to make sure nothing goes wrong during the freezing process. Here’s how it works:

  1. Place your cooked sloppy joe meat into a freezer-safe resealable bag, remove as much air as possible, then seal it
  2. Find a pan with sides (I use a cake pan) and lay the bag(s) flat, stacking them on top of each other (this helps shape the bag and makes leaks less messy)
  3.  Place the pan in the freezer
  4. Once the bag is frozen just enough to hold its shape you can remove it from the pan and put it in your freezer however you want

Serving Tips

I like to serve these sloppy joes on a warmed whole wheat hamburger bun. If you want to go homemade, you could try serving them on these quick dinner rolls. Enjoy!

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Sassy Sloppy Joes Recipe (Freezer-Friendly)

5 / 5 (1 review)
Prep Time: 10 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins
Yield: 2 pounds | Serves: 15 Sandwhiches

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 7 oz. ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vinegar (I like apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard

Instructions

  1. Saute the chopped onion in butter. Add ground beef and brown lightly. Drain off any excess fat. Add all of the remaining ingredients and simmer covered for 30 minutes. Cool mixture and freeze using the freezer bag method.
  2. For those new to the freezer bag method...
  3. When using the freezer bag method for freezing, you place your meal in a freezable bag, (like a Ziploc or FoodSaver bag) then remove as much air as you can, and seal. Then take a cake pan, or a pan that has sides, and lay the bags flat, stacking them on top of each other. The cake pan will freeze your meals in a nice flat shape giving you more freezer room and also ensure that any leaks stay within the pan. You then place the pan in the freezer. Once it has been flash frozen, (frozen just enough to hold it's shape) remove the items from the pan and store it however you like in your freezer. It is also a good idea to place your meal back in a pan in the fridge while thawing so you don't have leaks then either.
  4. To Prepare After Freezing:
  5. Remove from freezer and let thaw. Heat mixture slowly in a skillet or saucepan until warmed all the way through and ready to serve. (We like to eat it on fresh warmed whole wheat hamburger buns!)
Ingredients: Brown Sugar, Butter, Celery, Ground Beef, Ketchup, Lemon Juice, Mustard, Onion, Salt, Vinegar, Water, Worcestershire
Meal Type: Main Dish
Categories: Sandwiches and Burgers, Make Ahead/Freezer Meal, Stove Top

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