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French Onion Sloppy Joes

When you want to frugally feed a crowd for game day, or a hungry family at dinner, it doesn’t get much tastier than French Onion Sloppy Joes!

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Easy to make homemade ground beef sloppy joes are smothered with plenty of melted Swiss cheese and then are topped with a mound of deeply caramelized, thyme-infused, onions. 

What’s not to love?!!

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The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

How this easy sandwich recipe came to be:

This is a recipe idea that came to me in the middle of the night and made me grab my pen and paper.

When something like that happens it usually takes me a while to fall back asleep, but this time I drifted back easily, and you can bet that I was dreaming about these French Onion Sloppy Joes!

If you want to get fancier and add more ingredients to your ground beef mixture, have at it.

I, however, wanted to keep things simple so that the flavor of the thyme-infused caramelized onions would shine in this sandwich.

Why this recipe works?

And, when you factor in that these French Onion Sloppy Joes cost only pennies per serving, you’ll want to add these to the family dinner roster on a regular rotation! SCORE!

It honestly doesn’t get much easier or more delicious than this!

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Can French onion sloppy joes be frozen after cooking?

Sure thing! Just don’t freeze the French onion sloppy joes already made as sandwiches as the buns will get soggy when thawed.

My suggestion is to cool the ground beef and the caramelized onion mixture separately in airtight freezer containers and freeze for up to 3 months.

How to Reheat French onion sloppy joes after freezing:

Thaw the sloppy joe and caramelized onions completely.

Reheating can be done in microwave-safe containers on medium-high power, stirring occasionally.

OR, add the thawed sloppy joes to a skillet and reheat over medium/high heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.

Add cheese slices after heating.

How long will these sloppy joes keep in the refrigerator?

If kept in an airtight container, French onion sloppy joes will keep for 7 days.

To save on space, the sloppy joes and the caramelized onions may be kept in the same container if desired.

A vertical title text closeup image of an open face French onion sloppy joe sandwich with caramelized onions and melted Swiss cheese.

How to make thyme-infused caramelized onions:

  • Melt butter and oil in a large, heavy skillet.
  • Slice 3 – 4 sweet onions and add them to the skillet, tossing to coat with the butter.
How to make thyme-infused caramelized onions for French Onion Sloppy Joes photo tutorial. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com
  • Make a thyme bundle and add them to the skillet along with the onions.
  • Cook the onions over medium heat (stirring occasionally) until they’ve turned a deep golden brown and have cooked down considerably. *Note – this will take approximately 15 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Stir well.
  • Remove the thyme bundle from the skillet and use the onions immediately, or store covered in the fridge for up to 4 days.
How to make thyme-infused caramelized onions for French Onion Sloppy Joes photo tutorial. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

How to make French Onion Sloppy Joes:

  • Brown ground beef and diced celery in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in tomato paste and brown sugar.
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  • Add a splash of apple cider vinegar and cook, stirring frequently until the beef is no longer pink and the sloppy joes are heated through.
  • Serve on buns with a slice of Swiss cheese and mounds of thyme-infused caramelized onions.
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French Onion Sloppy Joes

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
When you want to frugally feed a crowd for game day, or a hungry family at dinner, it doesn't get much tastier than French Onion Sloppy Joes! 
5 from 27 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine American Comfort Food
Servings 10 sandwiches
Calories 479 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the thyme-infused caramelized onions;

  • 4 sweet onions , sliced
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • butchers twine
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

For the homemade sloppy joes;

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup celery , diced
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • ¼ cup brown sugar , packed
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 10 slices Swiss Cheese
  • 10 hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Instructions
 

To make the thyme-infused caramelized onions;

  • Melt the butter and oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion slices. Stir well.
  • Make a thyme bundle by wrapping the thyme sprigs with butcher's twine or wrap them in cheesecloth.
  • Add the thyme bundle to the onions. Cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the onions are deeply caramelized and reduced. Remove the thyme and discard. Season with salt and pepper. Stir.
  • Keep the onions warm until serving or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 days if making them in advance.

To make the homemade sloppy joes;

  • In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and chopped celery.
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 3-4 minutes until the flavors have married and the sloppy joes are heated through.
  • Serve the sloppy joes on buns and top with slices of Swiss cheese and a helping of thyme-infused caramelized onions.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Tools and equipment;
large skillet, wooden spoon, measuring cups, measuring spoons, butchers twine or cheesecloth, chef's knife, cutting board.
The thyme-infused caramelized onions may be made in advance and refrigerated for up to 4 days (covered). Reheat before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 479kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 30gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 1084mgFiber: 1gSugar: 10g
Keyword French Onion Sloppy Joes, Thyme-Infused Caramelized Onions
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Recipe Rating




Suzy

Friday 10th of April 2020

I love how you took this classic dish and kicked it up a notch! French onion anything is SO GOOD! Loved it!

Sophie Heath

Friday 10th of April 2020

These French dips are so good! So glad I found this recipe

Debbie

Friday 6th of September 2019

https://bakedbroiledandbasted.com/20-winning-game-day-recipes/

Great Recipe Thanks for sharing ..YUMM!

Renée

Monday 9th of September 2019

My pleasure, Debbie!! Enjoy!

Donna

Monday 29th of July 2019

This is amazing, so good! Love the little twist with adding thyme to the caramelized onions, makes such a great flavour!

Renée

Tuesday 30th of July 2019

It really does, Donna! Why not add more flavor whenever possible, right? Thanks so much!!

Linda

Friday 26th of July 2019

These look perfect for a game day treat! We must have been on the same wavelength because I just made French Onion Chicken with the same delicious onions. I think those onions can elevate any dinner! Great recipe that I'm keeping in mind for the upcoming football season.

Renée

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Everything's better with caramelized onions, in my opinion. Thanks. Linda!

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