Tonya's Terrific Sloppy Joes Recipe -
Tonya's Terrific Sloppy Joes Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Tonya's Terrific Sloppy Joes

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"I'm just beginning to cook so my recipes are pretty quick and simple. This recipe is a really simple, quick, and tasty 'Sloppy Joe.' This is what we are having tonight before we go to the football game. You can also let this simmer in a slow cooker after browning the ground beef if you prefer."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Crumble ground beef into skillet; add onion and celery. Cook and stir beef mixture until beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Stir ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, mustard, and lemon juice through the beef mixture. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook mixture at a simmer until mixture is hot and sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 16, 2013

This is a perfect recipe for anyone wanting to avoid spiciness and still enjoy a sloppy joe! I followed the recipe exactly, weighing the ketchup which amounted to 3/4 cup. This is truly "simple, quick, and tasty" as stated in the introduction. Thank you RetiredDad9877 for sharing!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 24, 2014

Definitely not good.

Nov 01, 2013

Can use pickle juice instead of vinegar.

Jun 17, 2013

My family absolutely loved it. Especially my fiance. Everyone had about three or four.

Jan 06, 2014

This is the best one! Now that I've found this perfect recipe, I've filed it away and won't try any new ones Why mess with perfection? Just a little sweet and very savory. Worked great for sloppy joes, or as a sauce over smokies. I add 2 tbsp. bbq sauce of our liking. Definitely worth trying!

Jun 14, 2013

It was really delicious! My 14-year old ate THREE Sloppy Joes, my husband ate one open-faced Sloppy Joe (which is probably the equivalent of TWO) and I ate one. The only complaint that my husband had was that they were a bit dry. Next time, I think I will add a 5-ounce can of tomato sauce and increase the amount of spices so that the flavor isn't diluted.

Sep 12, 2013

Better than Manwich in a can... added 1/2 cup green bell pepper. Yum yum yum.

Nov 20, 2013

I've tried several sloppy joe recipes and this was by far the best. I will definitely make it again. It was easy, used ingredients I keep on pleased the whole family. I buy hamburger in bulk, pre brown it and freeze it in 1 or 2 lb packages. I simply microwaved the pre-cooked meat, cooked the onion and celery, stirred it all together and warmed it through. Definitely making this again.


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  • Calories
  • 362 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.2 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 15.3 g
  • 24%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 23.7 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 573 mg
  • 23%

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

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