I got the idea for these Easy Ranch Sloppy Joes from one of my favorite pot roast recipes. I wish I could link you to it, but I just looked back and apparently, I never posted it. Sorry, I know, I can't believe it either. It was one of those recipes I found on Pinterest a few years ago. I thought it seemed too easy to be good, but I was pleasantly and tastefully surprised by it's yumminess.
The gist of that pot roast recipe is this: all you need is a few of those dry seasoning envelopes and water. The recipe I used called for brown gravy mix, Italian dressing mix and ranch dressing mix. I think all I did was pour some water over it and let it go in the slow cooker and it has the most amazing flavor.
So I started thinking, why do I only use those little envelopes for slow cooking? I bet they can jazz up all kinds of things when I'm cooking on a rushed weeknight. I know Sloppy Joe's are a favorite over here, but, like everything, I can't just leave our favorites alone. I've got to give them some new life, or I get bored.
Usually I swap things by making them healthier, like using lean ground turkey or something like that but I had ground beef on hand already when I decided to make Sloppy Joes. So if you have a healthier option like turkey or chicken on hand, I think you could go ahead and use it and save yourself a few calories while you are at it.
You guys know I like to keep things versatile, so I made this into a wrap the next day for lunch. Yup. Don't have any sandwich buns hanging around, just plop it all into a tortilla and roll it up.
One other great thing about these types of recipes (Sloppy Joes, Meatloaf etc.) is you can hide veggies in them. I don't have it listed in the ingredients but it's so easy to shred some carrot or celery in here and your picky, anti vegetable kids won't even know it. Now that is my kind of recipe!
If you are using ground beef, you definitely want to drain the grease from the beef once it's cooked. The last thing you want is a greasy bun at the end.
Making ordinary Sloppy Joes into Easy Ranch Sloppy Joes is my twist, what kind of twist do you put on Sloppy Joes?
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Easy Ranch Sloppy Joes