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Emily's Famous Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Emily's Famous Sloppy Joes

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"This is just a good old-fashioned Sloppy Joe recipe. Just slap some on a bun and enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    30 mins


  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes. Add the onion and red bell pepper; saute for 5 more minutes, or until onion is tender. Drain the fat.
  2. Mix in tomato paste and water, stirring until paste is dissolved. Stir in garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper. Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stewy.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 01, 2004

Wonderful! The overall flavor is varied and distinct because of the added spices. To make this more "sloppy" I use 3/4 cup of porter or heinekin and 3/4 cup of water. The brown sugar gives it a light sweet taste. The onions and red peppers give it excellent texture. If you like it hot, double the chili pepper or add some Aleppo pepper. I serve it over sliced Tillamook cheddar cheese on large toasted hamburger buns. I've made this numerous times and each time I love it more and more.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 15, 2004

This recipe would have been great if i had wanted chili...i didnt i wanted sloppy joes...This DOES NOT taste like sloppy joes...we ended up eating it like chili

Oct 10, 2003

This is a really good basic sloppy joe recipe. I made a couple of changes: I halved the chili powder, increased the salt to 1 tsp., and added about 1/4 c. ketchup (to give it more of a tomato-base flavor). With the chili powder and the pepper it had enough spice to satisfy without being too much! A good recipe! Thanks!

Jan 15, 2004

A nice recipe! I made some changes and used ground turkey and 3/4 cup of beer instead of water for the liquid. After simmering for 30 min or so you get a great taste!

Jan 20, 2008

Ultimate to-die-for sloppy joes on a winter night. I've made this recipe for quite some time. Every time I serve it for guests, I'm always asked for the recipe. Ah....if only I could claim it! Thank you for a great recipe. Reading some reviews, sounds like there might be some taste differences going on. That being said, I would recommend playing around with the chili powder, brown sugar and garlic. My husband has had it several times with me and said tonight was one of the best. I did keep the brown sugar as is, I put in two teaspoons of chili powder for our guests (instead of three/one tablespoon) and put in tons on garlic. But then again, I'm one of those people who looked at the first initial 3 cloves of garlic and immediately doubled it! One thing I've found through the years is the way garlic is presented into a dish. I used to mince it, but found a Pampered Chef garlic press at a party I can't live without. Not only is it faster and easier than mincing, but it releases the juices of the garlic into your dishes (a tip for not only this dish, but others as well). All in all, I obviously could go on about it. I had a very particular person at my table tonight and he loved it, so I knew this was the ultimate score. Thank again!!

Feb 27, 2007

emily...my family loves your recipe! i've been making if for a few years now and it just keeps getting better! the only thing i changed was that i used tomato sauce instead of paste and water because i didn't have any on hand. fabulous!

Sep 23, 2003

Very Good Sloppy Joe Recipe!! We have been looking for a recipe to replace Manwich-I think we have found it. I will add a little more tomatoe paste and water next time-it was a little too dry. I will cut back on the sugar too, I thought it was fine but my daughter commented that it was good but too sweet. Hubby liked it and that's always a bonus!!

Sep 23, 2003

This was very good! I did increase the vinegar a bit to balance the sugar and it came out great!


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  • Calories
  • 328 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.2 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 12.6 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 19.4 g
  • 39%
  • Sodium
  • 617 mg
  • 25%

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

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