June 24, 2013

My Go-To Sloppy Joes

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Now, this is a recipe I have posted before (my 2nd recipe ever on this blog), but fast-forward several years with an updated photo and a few tweaks to the recipe, I figured it needed to be re-shared.  

I have been making this recipe for the past three years.  It can be made in less than 30 minutes.  

We tried it, loved it and it has been my go-to recipe ever since.  I am not a fan of that "canned stuff", so I was glad to finally find a recipe from scratch that is both delicious and easy to throw together.  If you have never tried pickles on your sloppy joes, you should, it's really good.  

My Go-To Sloppy Joes

1 Lb. ground beef
1/2 c. onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 c. ketchup
1 1/2 Tbl. brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
3/4 tsp. dry mustard
a few dashes of Worcestershire
2 Tbl. tomato paste
salt & pepper, to taste
1/2 c. water, only if needed
hamburger buns, toasted
Mayo or Miracle Whip
sliced pickles, opt.
sliced Cheddar cheese, opt.

Brown ground beef in a large skillet.  When meat is almost cooked through, add the onion, green pepper and garlic and cook a few minutes.  Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard Worcestershire, tomato paste, salt and pepper  Stir to combine.  If mixture is too thick, add some water.  Simmer for 5 minutes.  Spread Mayo or Miracle Whip over toasted hamburger buns top with sloppy joe mix, sliced pickles and sliced cheese.  Yield: 4-6 sloppy joes.    

slightly adapted from: Pioneer Woman


  1. HOLY freaking CRAP that sandwich looks awesome!!!

  2. Your sloppy joe recipe sounds delicious! I need to make them very soon! =)

  3. I've never made sloppy joe before and my husband has been asking me to make it. This looks awesome and I simply must try it!

    1. Never? Oh wow, you really should make these!!

  4. Jenn,
    This recipe looks great. I have never attempted to make my own sloppy joe sauce. I am ashamed to say I usually buy the packet at the store but I won't be doing that anymore. Thank you for reposting! I have also added you to my daily reads on Bloglovin!

  5. These look great! I have a pretty basic recipe that I grew up on, but I like all the extra flavors in this recipe. Pinning!

  6. I've never made sloppy joes either... and have only had them once or twice before, so I decided to make these for dinner tonight -- my hubby (who puts ketchup on EVERYTHING for a better taste) said that these were perfect just the way they are :) I'm sure it has to do with the 3/4 cup ketchup in the recipe, but these are GOOD!!!! I added some salsa in as well and these tasted AWESOME! Thank you!

    1. I love ketchup too :) I am so glad you guys liked them and adding salsa would be yummy. Thanks for letting me know.

  7. Bringing back my childhood and wonderful memories of my Mother's great cooking. Another sauce she cooked and I could just eat a bowl of. I loved this sandwich topped with her delicious homemade coleslaw!! Oh, how I miss my Mother! Thanks Jenn! Pinning it!!

    1. Mothers recipes are always the best and isn't it amazing how food can immediately take you back to a specific moment in time - like your childhood!


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