Sloppy Joe cheese fries may just be the best comfort food you’ll ever eat. This makes a great game day appetizer or party snack!
I had every intention of posting regular Sloppy Joes, but then Sloppy Joe Cheese Fries happened! I made sloppy Joe meat in the slow cooker this past weekend, with plenty left over for tonight’s dinner as well. But I picked up my daughter from high school today, and she claimed she was ravenous. I usually let her figure out her own snacks, as she’s a pretty good cook. As expected, I found her a few minutes later, hand-cutting a potato to make homemade french fries. She rooted around in the fridge for the leftover sloppy Joe meat, then topped the whole shebang with grated cheese and chopped onions for her take on chili cheese fries. Since Spencer would be coming home relatively early for Monday Night Football, Sophie thought this was just about the most perfect way to eat the leftovers.
Photo disclaimer: Since she ate her homemade fries before I could shoot the picture, in the interest of time, and everyone’s appetite, I went out and bought a bag of frozen french fries. Additionally, this is what I’d recommend, especially if you don’t feel like hand-cutting fries. Needless to say this was a HUGE hit with dad, which makes it a great game day dish. The best part is that you make the Sloppy Joe meat in the slow cooker, making assembly pretty easy. While the fries are cooking, chop the onions, then place under the broiler for a couple of minutes to give a final melt to the cheesy topping.
So, here’s the recipe for the Sloppy Joe Cheese Fries. Enjoy!
- 2 pounds lean ground beef
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 1 large red bell pepper seeded and finely chopped
- 2 large ribs of celery finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 6 ounce cans tomato paste
- 4 Tablespoons cider vinegar or more to taste
- 4 Tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar or more to taste
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder or more to taste
- 1/2 black pepper or more to taste
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- Dash of hot sauce such as Tabasco
- Dash of cayenne pepper
In a large, non-stick skillet over a medium-high heat, cook the beef with the onion, bell pepper, celery and garlic, stirring to break up the meat. When the meat is cooked through, transfer the meat and vegetables to the slow cooker.
Add the remaining ingredients, tomato paste through cayenne pepper. Stir to combine well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 7 hours.
Adjust taste, adding more vinegar, sugar or spices as desired.
Serve the meat mixture in buns, or on top of hot French fries. Top with grated cheese and chopped raw onions if desired.