In my house,
my kids are I am very picky about certain things in my food.
First lettuce never, ever is allowed to touch a sandwich.
Second, celery is not even allowed in my kitchen.
Third, I like onion flavor but I hate onions.
I’m a 40 year old child with texture issues. But I’m ok with it.
The onion thing has really been tricky for us. Onion powder usually does not replace onions in a recipe – ever. It just does not taste the same. But if I SEE an onion in my food I will pick around it, and for sloppy joes, it is messy enough.
The recipe below was adapted and improvised from 2 different recipes I discovered, neither of which would fly in my house because of the chunks of onion and peppers (I noted 3 examples above – just know that those are just a sampling of my pickyness).
It’s easy to make plus it’s kid friendly and picky adult friendly.
And it tastes great too!
I used my homemade taco seasoning mixture for this recipe which is very versatile and can be used with tacos, chili, sloppy joes and more!
I was not overly optimistic that these would taste that great because I didn’t use real onions but they were really, really good. I went with the 1/2 cup ketchup and they were quite crumbly so if you want them more sticky, I would definitely increase it.
Kid Friendly Sloppy Joes Recipe
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 to 2/3 cup ketchup
- 3 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp homemade taco seasoning link provided below
- 6 hamburger buns we used Rudy's Organic
Brown ground beef in a skillet.
Add onion powder, garlic powder and black pepper during browning.
Remove from heat.
Add water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes and taco seasoning to beef mixture and stir.
Cook until boiling, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes stirring occasionally.