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Sloppy Joes

This homestyle Sloppy Joes recipe is just what you need for supper after a hectic day. They’re made with everyday staples that combine into this rich and flavor packed homemade beef filling that’s ready for stuffing into warm rolls and devoured.


Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes are the epitome of easy meals. While you can buy sloppy joe sauce in a can, it’s really not difficult at all to make it yourself. This recipe gives you the flexibility to use tomato sauce or ketchup or even barbecue sauce if that’s your pleasure. If you’d like to try out my family’s favorite Smokey Joes recipe for a twist you won’t be disappointed.


How to Make the Best Sloppy Joes Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Sloppy Joes: Lean ground beef, diced onion, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, minced garlic, olive oil or vegetable oil, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, seasoned salt, black pepper, paprika, ground mustard, garlic powder and liquid smoke.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A large heavy bottomed pot or skillet, a sharp knife and chopping board, large spoon for stirring, measuring cups and spoons.
  • You could use ground chicken or ground turkey in the same amount for this recipe.
  • If you don’t have ground mustard on hand you can use 1 or 2 teaspoons of prepared yellow mustard.
  • You can adjust the sweetness using more or less brown sugar to your taste. You can also use Splenda brown sugar blend.
  • You may opt to swap out half of the tomato sauce with ketchup or barbecue sauce. Should you choose to use barbecue sauce, omit the liquid smoke. You may also want to omit the brown sugar or adjust the amount to your desired level of sweetness.
  • This Sloppy Joe filling freezes beautifully for future meals so make a double batch and you’ll have extra on hand and ready for reheating for busy day suppers.
  • Store leftover Sloppy Joes chilled in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop over medium heat then serve on steamed buns or toasted bread.



More Easy Ground Beef Recipes to Make

Ground beef is always stocked in my freezer making it a go-to easy meal option for our family, More ground beef recipes you may also like to try:



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Sloppy Joes

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Beef, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy-sloppy-joes, sloppy-joes, sloppy-joes-recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 184kcal


  • 2 lb lean ground beef
  • 2-3 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 medium sweet onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 3 medium cloves garlic minced
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2-1 tsp liquid smoke adjust to taste


  • In a large heavy bottomed pot or skillet, heat oil on medium-high heat. Add onion and bell peppers. Cook for 3-5 minutes or just until softened and beginning to brown. Add garlic, cooking for 1 minute longer.
  • Add ground beef. Continue to cook for 6-8 minutes or until browned and no pink remains breaking up the ground beef with a spoon. Drain excess fat from pot.
  • To the pot add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, seasoned salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, mustard and liquid smoke. Mix well.
  • Cook uncovered over medium-low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve immediately on warm slider rolls, hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 184kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 554mg | Potassium: 438mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 3mg
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