Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a regular favorite in our home. We know they will be in yours too. They are so easy to make, and everyone loves them!

hand holding sandwich

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Easy Sloppy Joes recipe

Making Sloppy Joes from scratch is so quick and easy. In my opinion, this is a very basic recipe everyone should know how to make from scratch.

My husband’s favorite meal is Sloppy Joes. It always seems to make him smile when he sees it on my menu for the week! We have them about once a month because I know he loves them! They’re really simple to make – even without the canned sauce stuff!  

sloppy joes sandwich with a bite taken out

Sloppy Joes sauce

Depending on how “sloppy” you like your Joes, will determine how long you need to simmer the filling.

Personally, I don’t like them too sloppy, so I tend to cook the sauce for a longer period of time to help thicken it up. If you like yours more sloppy, then you’ll want to cook the sauce for less time.

Can you freeze Sloppy Joes

Specifically, you can freeze the meat mixture in an airtight, freezer-safe container or zip-top bag for 3-6 months. Allow it to thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

Sides for Sloppy Joes

This recipe is one that I feel like so many things go great with it! If you would eat it with a sandwich, then it would probably go great with this dish! Here are a few of my favorites:

sloppy joes sauce with meat filling on bun and partially covered by the top bun

Sloppy Joes recipe

  • ground beef – you can also use ground pork, venison, chicken, or turkey
  • small onion – use whatever variety you have on hand or prefer
  • small green pepper – if you have red, yellow, or orange bell peppers on hand, you can use them instead
  • light brown sugar – you can substitute golden monk fruit (or similar) if you are watching your sugar or carb intake
  • yellow mustard – use what your family prefers
  • distilled vinegar – sometimes also called distilled white vinegar
  • salt – regular old table salt
  • ketchup – feel free to use whatever your family uses. If you are looking for a lower sugar variety, you can use that also
  • Hamburger buns, toasted if desired – or bread, slider buns, tortillas, or whatever method you would like to eat your meat mixture with

How to make Sloppy Joes

Time needed: 40 minutes.

How to make Sloppy Joes

  1. Cook the ground beef.

    Brown and crumble the ground beef in a medium skillet. Drain.

  2. Prepare sauce.

    Add the remaining ingredients except the hamburger buns and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

  3. Serve.

    Serve the ground beef mixture on hamburger buns.

Recipe Tips

  • The longer you allow the sauce to simmer, the thicker it will be. If you like a messier sauce, use the shorter time. If a less messy sauce is your thing, allow the sauce to cook a bit longer.
  • For even more flavor, add a shake or two of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Watching your sugar or carb intake? Use low-sugar ketchup and substitute golden monk fruit sweetener (or similar product) for the brown sugar.
looking down onto a sloppy joes sandwich with the top bun halfway covering the filling

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Sloppy Joe's

Yield:
6-8 servings
Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
30 minutes
Total Time:
40 minutes

Sloppy Joes are a regular favorite in our home. We know they will be in yours too. They are so easy to make, and everyone loves them!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon distilled vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • Hamburger buns, toasted if desired

Instructions

  1. Brown and crumble the ground beef in a medium skillet. Drain.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except for the hamburger buns and simmer for 20-30 minutes. The sauce will thicken more the longer it cooks.
  3. Serve on hamburger buns.

Notes

  • The longer you allow the sauce to simmer, the thicker it will be. If you like a messier sauce, use the shorter time. If a less messy sauce is your thing, allow the sauce to cook a bit longer.
  • For even more flavor, add a shake or two of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Watching your sugar or carb intake? Use low-sugar ketchup and substitute golden monk fruit sweetener (or similar product) for the brown sugar.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 6

Serving Size: 1 sandwich

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 283Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 585mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 22g

Please note that the nutritional information listed on this page is an estimation based on the products I used. Ingredients and nutritional information can vary greatly between brands. Always be sure to read labels.

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Originally published on November 23, 2012. Updated on April 26, 2021.

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