137.0…Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes & Alexia Waffle Fries

As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker program, Foodbuzz recently sent me a coupon to try a free product from Alexia Foods. I had never purchased their products before and was excited to try them at home. I chose the Waffle Fries.

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From Alexia’s website: “These crispy potatoes are lightly seasoned with a flawless blend of sea salt, pepper, onion and garlic to create an all-natural distinctive taste unlike anything you'll find in your usual fry.”

I followed their oven directions and baked the fries in a 400 degree oven on a cookie sheet lined with crumpled aluminum foil. The directions said to bake for 20-25 minutes. I ended up baking them for about 28 minutes…I like my fries crispy!

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The verdict: I really enjoyed these fries!! The texture was spot on: crispy on the outside and perfect inside. Loved the seasonings! If you want fries that aren’t “fried” you have to try these!

Now through March 30th, you have a chance to help select the next Alexia french fry flavor by voting in their “Reinvent a Classic” campaign on Facebook! Just visit Facebook.com/AlexiaFoods and click on the “Reinvent a Classic” tab to vote for one of four gourmet french fry flavors created by other food bloggers.

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To go with my waffle fries, I thought sloppy joes would fit the bill. But not just any sloppy joes….Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes!

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Slow-Cooker Sloppy Joes (Serves 4)

Slightly adapted from Southern Living

1 lb lean ground beef

1/2 small onion, chopped

1/4 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped

4 oz. tomato sauce

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup ketchup

2 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 Tbsp. cider vinegar

1 Tbsp. yellow mustard

1/2 Tbsp. chili powder

1/2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/4 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour

4 hamburger buns, toasted

  • 1. Brown beef with onion and bell pepper in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring 10 minutes or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well.
  • 2. Place beef mixture in a slow cooker. Stir in tomato sauce and next 9 ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 hours. Serve on hamburger buns.
  • Cooktop Method: Proceed with recipe as directed in Step 1, returning drained beef mixture to Dutch oven. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients, omitting flour. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
  • Note: To freeze leftover Sloppy Joe mixture, let cool completely. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags; lay bags flat, and stack in freezer. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the fridge, or defrost in the microwave.
  • Printable Recipe

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    I ate my sloppy joe on a sandwich thin but my husband enjoyed his on regular hamburger buns….yes he ate two. They were that good! I love how you just dump stuff in the slow cooker and several hours later your dinner is done.

    Along with the sloppy joes and fries, I decided we needed some veggies so I made a big salad.

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    I slept so well last night! I was asleep before 9PM last night. Exciting Friday night huh? :) Breakfast this morning was especially delicious.

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    Egg beaters scrambled with salsa, broccoli, onions, green bell peppers, diced ham and shredded cheddar cheese. I topped everything with a hefty dose of Tabasco.

    I went to spin class, came home to shower and then took my son to boy scouts. Lunch was tuna salad on top of a big green salad.

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    We have family coming in to town tonight for my nephew’s birthday party tomorrow. I’m going to make a couple of appetizers to bring to my sister in law’s house tomorrow.

    Enjoy your weekend!

    Have you ever tried any of Alexia’s products? Any recommendations for me?


    1. I have used some of Alexia's fries -not the waffle kind but regular, and sweet potato fries and sweet potato tater tots. I like them for baked fries and they are certainly easy. I often serve them with sloppy joes - my recipe is similar to yours - but we call them juicy burgers! no idea why??? I also went to bed at 9 last night. was fabulous :) and needed as I was 4 hours at the park for soccer and baseball today!

    2. I've never thought of crumpled foil to bake potatoes under...I'm guessing it makes them extra crispy?

    3. The chipotle sweet potato fries are yummy!

    4. I am with Ally, never thought to crumple foil? I've had those, but I may have tossed them in my deep fryer! :D

    5. I love alexia fries! All the sweet potato fries are good except the sweet potato puffs. They have a weird taste. The wedge fries are good too.

    6. These waffle fries look very interesting to eat. With your healthy version of sloppy joes...Yum!

    7. You have such great meals on this post. I love almost all the menus you have. Those sloppy joes, the Alexia french fries look so yum and mouth-watering promising :)


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