Sloppy Joe's Over Cornbread Waffles

Sloppy Joe's Over Cornbread Waffles Recipe via

There was a time when I used to buy my Sloppy Joe mix out of a can from the grocery store. Not that that's a bad thing, but I'll tell you what...once you make your own (which doesn't take much more time than opening a can), you'll never go back!

And, what better way to serve your homemade Sloppy Joe's than over than a homemade cornbread waffle? Of course, a bun is good too...but why not give your family a little something unexpected? It's a fun meal that is sure to please the entire family! Thanks Mom!

As a weeknight time saver, why not consider making the waffles on the weekend when you have more time and then freeze them to use during the week? To reheat, just pop them in the toaster or place them on a baking sheet which has been fit with a rack and place them in a 350 degree oven to warm while you're making the sloppy Joe's. Dinner will be ready in minutes...I hope you're hungry :)

Makes: 8 large waffles      Prep Time: 20 minutes

To make the sloppy Joe's:
2 pounds ground beef (I use an 80/20 blend)
1 cup chopped celery
1 medium onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
shredded cheddar cheese for topping (optional)

-In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium/high heat.
-Reduce the heat to medium/low and stir in the remaining ingredients.
-Simmer for approximately 10 minutes.
-Serve on a bun or over cornbread waffles (recipe follows) and top with cheddar cheese.

To make the cornbread waffles:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 cups milk
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 can (4 ounces) fire roasted green chiles

-Preheat waffle iron while you make the batter.
-In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, paprika, salt and pepper.
-In a small bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, oil and chiles.
-Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until blended.
-Make waffles as usual.
-Top waffles with the sloppy Joe's and the shredded cheddar cheese if desired.

To make this meal even more kid friendly, yeah, I'm helpful like that, you might want to drizzle some maple syrup and melted butter over the cornbread waffles (not mentioned in the recipe) before topping with the sloppy Joe's, for an extra layer of flavor. I LOVE that idea and wish I would have thought of it sooner. LOL
Ah well, next time...

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