Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sloppy Joes for the Freezer

Currently Mondays are turning out to be the worst possible day for me to post recipes. Or to cook. To be fair, I don't really have a good day to cook, unless I get to it on the weekends. So I've gone back to my old practice for stocking the freezer. Once a week, I pick one meal to make in bulk and I put 3 of them in the freezer. Right now, my deep freeze has a nice stock of lasagna, enchilada casserole, chicken in gravy and sloppy joes.

Thankfully, my family is willing and able to help out. This goes really well, right up until I get distracted while writing down a recipe. My husband got a huge kick out of today's recipe calling for a good measure of black powder. You know, to give it some kick! lol. It would be fair to say my brain is a bit muddled. 

Today's recipe is a crock pot recipe that freezes well. Two of my favorite things. Not a lot of notes on this one, it's simple, yummy, and makes the masses happy. 

Leni's Notes:
~This recipe serves 3 meals for my family, with leftovers for lunches.
~Tater tots are the traditional side dish in our household. 
~Freeze the leftovers quickly, or your family will eat more than you intended and it won't stretch as far!
~This is also a great meal for kid's parties.

6 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 T. paprika
1 1/2 T chili powder
3/4 C brown sugar or raw sugar
6 tsp cumin
6 tsp salt
6 tsp corn starch
3 tsp garlic powder
1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
1 1/2 tsp pepper (not black powder!)
29 oz can plain tomato sauce

~Dump everything in a large crock pot (I used my 8 quart.)
~Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
~Serve over split rolls, with slices of cheddar or colby jack cheese.
~Freeze extras in gallon ziplocs. 


  1. Hello Leni. I noticed you said you had lasagna in the freezer. How do you go about freezing it so the noodles don't get mushy?

  2. I use whole wheat noodles, and slightly under cook them. I don't like using the "no bake" noodles, because I don't like the starchy overload.