Sloppy Joe In A Jar

sloppy-joeOne meal that most people can agree on is Sloppy Joes! They are a household favorite across the world. So naturally, doing what I do, I wanted to come up with a way to add it to my food storage as a meal in a jar recipe. Below is what I have come up with.

(I make my meals 12 quarts at a time since that is how many jars come on one box. Each jar typically feeds four people, depending on the recipe.

3 meals a day x 31 days a month = 93 meals a month. 93 / 12 (the amount of jars per box) = 7.75 I round up to 8. So 8 cases of jars is one months worth of meals for a family of four. They also stack nicely in the corner of the closet. I love this because now I don’t have box after box of #10 cans all over the house.)

Ingredients Per Quart Jar:


  1. Layer ingredients in jar with Seasoning Packet and cheese on top. Place the cheese in a sandwich baggy on top as well.
  2. Shake ingredients down as you go so everything fits nicely.
  3. Seal Jar with vacuum sealer or Oxygen absorbers.
  4. Label Jar with cooking directions.

Cooking Directions:

  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat.
  2. Add ground beef to the water and let rehydrate for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Turn heat back onto medium and add the rest of the ingredients. (You may want to add a half a cup more water at this time. It will depend on how much water is left over from re-hydrating the meat. Use your judgement here.)
  4. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until done.
  5. If you decided to add cheese rehydrate cheese according to directions.
  6. Add mix to buns or homemade bread, top with cheese and jalapeño’s and enjoy.