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Sloppy Joe Sandwiches Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

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"This sloppy joe recipe is quick and inexpensive. In addition to putting it on rolls, try this slightly sweet beef mixture over rice, biscuits, or baked potatoes."

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Original recipe makes 2 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    45 mins


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef and onion. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.
  2. Bring beef mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until sauce has thickened, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve on buns.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • Don't be afraid of the vinegar, it counter balances the sweetness of the sugar and the spice of the chili powder.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 19, 2012

Soooo good. I used two parts ketchup to one part BBQ sauce and used Dijon mustard and added a sweet pepper. My hungry teenage son applauds. This is a definite keeper.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 07, 2014

Love it!

Jul 04, 2012

Delicious!.....Thanks for the recipe

Jan 19, 2013

These were the best sloppy joe's I've ever had. My whole family loved them.

Feb 09, 2014

These made two very nice Sloppy Joe sandwiches. I made it exactly as written, except that I thought the range levels and cooking times were too much in my case. At medium-high heat, the ground beef and onion mixture started to burn, so I turned the heat down. And for the final simmering step, I thought the mixture was pretty thick to start with, so 30 minutes on low seemed unnecessary, but I did it anyway. I used two fairly large whole-wheat hamburger buns, and the amount of Sloppy Joe mixture seemed just right. There are a lot of variations on this recipe, but I did enjoy this one a lot, and it's worth making again.

Oct 29, 2013

Husband loved it, but it was too sweet as I prepared it. I do not recommend replacing some of the ketchup with chili sauce, as I did because I ran out of ketchup. It took the sweetness/tangy level too high. I also didn't have an actual onion so I tried to make up for it with minced onion and onion powder. Next time, I'll be sure to use a real onion and have enough ketchup, or possibly halve the ketchup with tomato sauce.

Aug 19, 2013

Thought I had Manwich sauce but I didn't so I quickly looked up a recipe and found this one. It was awesome!! Loved it. Will make again. Didn't have an onion so I skipped that but that's the only change I made.

Apr 05, 2013

We use ground turkey in a 20 oz package and double the other ingredients. Also, we add garlic to the ground beef and onion while browning (because we love onion and garlic in EVERYTHING). I hate the canned sloppy joes and the whole family loves these. Bonus that they're easy to throw together.


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  • Calories
  • 467 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 47.8 g
  • 15%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 20.3 g
  • 31%
  • Fiber
  • 2.4 g
  • 10%
  • Protein
  • 24 g
  • 48%
  • Sodium
  • 1339 mg
  • 54%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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