Celebrating the end of the school year with Sloppy Jose's

♫ Celebrate good times, c'mon!  Let's celebrate! ♪ 

After weeks of planning and months of stressing, the two days that my family have been looking forward to are finally here...

Nick & Hope on their first day of school August 2011

My babies are graduating.  

Tomorrow, my son Nick will be graduating from Primaria (elementary school/6th grade). And on Friday, my daughter Hope will be graduating from Secundaria (junior high/9th grade).

Just writing about it is making me tear up.

Over the next two days, we will be busy attending commencement ceremonies and graduation masses at church, snapping countless photos of the kiddies with their madrina and padrino (godparents for the graduation mass), and celebrating it all with one heck of a graduation party.

I couldn't be any prouder of my kiddies.    And I couldn't be any happier to be celebrate them and these precious academic milestones.  Not to mention the end of yet another great school year.  I've been celebrating that for a little over a week now.   

And what better way to celebrate the end of the school year than with a sandwich my kiddies love...Sloppy Joe's.  Or as we like to call them,  Sloppy Jose's.  

Sloppy Jose's
(recipe adapted from The Encyclopedia of Sandwiches)

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 3 big roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 large bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 to 2 serrano chilies, finely chopped (optional) 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 (8oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar (I used azucar mascabado
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Salsa Maggi (optional)
  • Seasoning Salt & Black Pepper
  • Hamburger Buns

Heat 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook the ground beef in the skillet until completely brown; season with seasoning salt and black pepper.  Add the tomato, onion, bellpepper, serrano chilies, and garlic.  Cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until the onion and bellpepper have softened.  Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and Salsa Maggi.  Reduce heat to low, cover skillet and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

Spoon filling onto toasted hamburger buns.  Enjoy!!!



  1. te felicito primero por tu sitio, donde tomamos ideas para cocinar, segundo por la graduacion de tu hijos, que esto te llene de sayisfaccion, alegria, y orgullo, bien por ustedes

  2. Aaahhhh, they grow so fast! I bet they're ready for a break from school. Your sloppy Jose's sound fantastic - always a favorite in our house, as well! =)

  3. Funny you should write about a food group I had not tasted since grade school. Well, until last week. But I discovered I cannot eat one without a knife and fork. What has become of me?

  4. congrats! you must be so proud :)

  5. Congratulations! Lovely kids. I know you are proud of them.

  6. Girl! You have no idea how long I've been looking for a mexican sloppy joe version! Thank you so much! I never feels so lonely with your blog. I'm also an expat living in mexico. With your 2 blogs I connect with a another person in the same position. Thank you so much!

    Congrats to your babies! :D time flies!