So to be honest, I didn't grow up eating sloppy joes. I remember them always being a cafeteria favorite though among my friends and the look of satisfaction on their faces whenever they're done. When Manwich first contacted me about trying out their sloppy joe sauces, I wasn't sure how I'd use them but thought I'd give them a try anyways. Since they're all tomato-based sauces, I figured they might be good additions to the chili or spaghetti that I usually make during our busy weeknights.
Three sauces showed up at my doorstep: Original, Thick & Chunky and Bold. Free of artificial flavors and preservatives and offering a full serving of vegetables, these cans were surprisingly good and packed with tons of flavor.
The Original was what I remembered; sweet and a little bit tangy. Thick & Chunky tasted a tad tangier compared to the Original and also had added chunks of softened veggies. Bold was the most intense in flavor and what I ended up using in my chili that week.
*Sorry I didn't get to take a picture of the Bold. By the time I remembered, I had already dumped the whole thing into my pot!
The chili turned out suprisingly well (my recipe can be found below) and added the perfect tangy punch to my recipe. These sauces were so versatile that I ended up freezing them in ice cube trays so that I could use them for different recipes later on (i.e. pizza sauces, pasta sauces, etc.).
Have any of you ever tried these Manwich sauces? What's you favorite way to use them?
1 lb. of ground turkey
1 lb. hot Italian sausage
1 4 oz. can of diced green chilis
1 14.5 oz. can kidney beans
1 14.5 oz. can black beans
1 14.5 oz.. can stewed tomatoes
1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1/2 can of Hunt's Manwich Bold Sauce
1 C frozen sweet corn
1 tsp cumin
Lawry's seasoning salt to taste*
Brown both meats together and season with salt to taste. Add in cumin. Add in all the canned items and mix well. Once everything comes to a soft boil, turn the heat down to low and let it all simmer for about half an hour. Throw in the corn and let it simmer for another 5 minutes. Scoop the chili into your preferred bowls and top with cilantro. Enjoy!