Cheesy Sloppy Joes with Fries

So … earlier this week, ground beef was on sale, and sloppy joes with baked French fries sounded really good. …

If you’re gluten-free, you can still enjoy sloppy joes, just a little differently. Of course, you can purchase GF sandwich rolls/buns, but if you don’t have those, you can top a baked potato, tortilla chips, or french fries with your sloppy joe mixture along with some shredded cheese.

Manwich® brand sloppy joe sauce is gluten-free (as far as I read the label), and it makes for a quick & easy midweek meal served along with salad and/or fresh fruit.

Here’s an easy version of Cheesy Sloppy Joes with Fries using Manwich® and ground beef topped with shredded cheese, and it’s pretty tasty too!

First, bake GF frozen French fries in oven according to direction.

Then top fries with sloppy joe mixture and shredded cheese.


If you have the time and want to make your own Sloppy Joe sauce, here is an easy GF version:  combine ¾-1 cup ketchup, ¼ cup brown sugar, salt & pepper to taste, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon vinegar in a mixing bowl; brown meat with 1 small chopped onion, then add sauce.  Stir well and heat through.


Homemade Hamburgers on the grill!

P1020143Just in time for SUMMER — HAMBURGERS ON THE GRILL!

These homemade hamburgers are not only gluten-free but they are SUPER-PACKED with FLAVOR! And they are quick and easy to make — forget those pre-made frozen burgers — once you try these, you won’t go back!

For this recipe, I didn’t have GF onion soup mix on hand, so I used the other combination below.*

Special thanks to my husband and grillmaster, Wayne, for grilling these yummy burgers!

So break out the grill and try these for your next cookout!

Grilled Hamburgers

(serves 6-8 people) Prep Time: 0-10 min. Cook Time: 10 min.

1 pkg frozen GF burgers (OR 1 ½ pounds ground beef/venison/turkey mixed with 1 pkg GF onion soup mix and 1 egg; form into burger patties)*

Barbeque sauce, optional

Ketchup, mustard, other burger toppings (optional)

GF cheese slices

GF hamburger buns (OR use large leaves of lettuce as “buns”)


Add egg PLUS GF onion soup mix OR Onion Soup Mix Alternative.


Mix burger and spices together well with hands.

TIP: If you make your own burger patties, make a small hole with your finger in the center of the patty to help it stay flatter and cook the middle better.


Preheat grill. Grill burgers on medium-high heat until slightly pink in middle. If desired, grill with barbeque sauce drizzled on top. Turn grill off and melt cheese on top of burgers for last minute or so.

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OPTIONAL: Baked French fries or chips are a good side dish.

*Onion Soup Mix Alternative = 2 tablespoons minced onion,1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, ¼ cup GF oats.


Don’t forget the cheese! (Or if you’re dairy-free, omit it!)


LOVE these GF hamburger buns (we’ve found they are best if warmed in microwave for 20 seconds first).


Easy Enchiladas!


Easy Enchiladas

I made these on Monday night . . .  SCORE!!!  They turned out SO good — SO flavorful!  And guess what — they were so FILLING that I even had leftovers!!!  Oh yeah!  Now for the down-side: they were a little more labor-intensive than I like, but they were SO worth it!  Here’s the scoop:


Easy Enchiladas  (serves 6-8 people)

Prep time: 20-25 min.  Bake time: 15-20 min.

1 ½ pounds ground beef, venison or turkey*

1 cup salsa

1 pkg. GF taco seasoning OR 4 TBS Homemade Taco Seasoning (go to my GF Tips tab for this recipe)

1 15oz can tomato sauce

1 pkg. McCormick® enchilada seasoning (or 4 TBS Homemade Taco Seasoning)

1 ½ cups water

5-6 gluten-free tortilla wraps (or use warmed corn tortillas)

5-6 regular flour tortillas (for gluten-eaters)

1 cup shredded cheese

1 can black beans, drained & rinsed (optional)

1 can drained corn (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Brown meat in skillet, drain grease, then stir in salsa and taco seasoning; cook until heated through.  Reduce heat and stir in corn and black beans, heating through.

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In small sauce pan, combine tomato sauce, water and enchilada seasoning; heat to boiling, then simmer, stirring occasionally.  When mixture is thickened, remove from heat.


Coat each tortilla in enchilada sauce, then add 2-3 tablespoons meat mixture.  Carefully roll tortilla and place seam-side-down in sprayed casserole dish.  (Put GF enchiladas in one dish and regular enchiladas in another.)  Repeat until you have enough enchiladas for everyone you are feeding.  Then pour rest of enchilada sauce on top of enchiladas, spreading evenly.  Top with cheese.


I used the new GF wraps from ALDI — they were GREAT!



As you can see, the GF wrap did crack/rip a bit, but it still tasted great!


Bake for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.


Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream and salad.


* Or use 3 chicken breasts, diced OR 2 10oz cans shredded chicken, drained)

OPTIONAL: to make even more filling, add a cup of instant brown rice (along with appropriate amount of water) to the meat mixture after meat is browned.