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Old Fashioned Maine Forest Sloppy Joes

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Old Fashioned Maine Forest Sloppy Joes

Hello, culinary adventurers! Get ready for an unforgettable journey through the heart of Maine—no hiking boots required! We’re switching gears from lobster rolls and blueberry pies to explore another American classic, the Old Fashioned Sloppy Joe. Now, you might wonder how this all-American dish relates to Maine, and that’s precisely what makes today’s blog post so special!

The significance of this dish to Maine lies not in the ingredients themselves but rather in how it represents the simplicity and warmth of life in the Pine Tree State. Here in Maine, we appreciate the little things: family gatherings, close-knit communities, and, of course, hearty meals that can be enjoyed by all. It’s the comfort of a Sloppy Joe sandwich—served at a local community dinner or a summer barbecue—that really encapsulates the essence of what Maine is all about.

Print Recipe


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Maine-grown celery finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Maine-grown green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Maine-grown yellow onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds local ground beef
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups local cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 locally-made hamburger buns


  • Grab a large pan and set it on your stove over low-medium heat. Drizzle in that vegetable oil. Think of it as the opening act for the flavorsome show you’re about to conduct.
  • It’s veggie time! Toss in your finely chopped celery, green bell pepper, onion, and minced garlic. Add a pinch of salt and let the veggie medley sauté for about 2-3 minutes. Keep stirring, we don’t want any stage fright!
  • Kick up the heat to medium and introduce your ground beef to the mix. Cook that beef until it’s as brown as a Maine moose, making sure to break it apart and stir frequently. Once it’s ready, strain away the excess liquid like you’re panning for gold.
  • Now, in comes the melody of chili sauce, local cheddar cheese, yellow mustard, and dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Stir it all together until it forms a beautiful, harmonious blend of Maine goodness.
  • Finally, it’s showtime! Spoon that delicious beef mixture onto your hamburger buns. Don’t be shy; let it overflow a little—after all, life in Maine is all about abundance!

There you have it—Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes with a Maine Forest Twist. Just like our state, this dish is unpretentious yet utterly delightful. It’s the sort of comfort food that warms you from the inside out, perfect for a family gathering or a casual weekend meal. When you bite into one of these Sloppy Joes, remember you’re not just enjoying a sandwich; you’re savoring a little piece of what makes Maine so incredibly special: its simplicity, its heartiness, and its sense of community. Happy cooking, everyone!

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