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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Homemade Sloppy Joes

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"Despite the name of this iconic retro dish, the secret to a great sloppy joe is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows the sandwich to be eaten with your hands. Serve on hamburger buns."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
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Directions

  1. Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Turn heat to medium and cook and stir the mixture constantly until the beef is browned and forms small crumbles, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and green bell pepper; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add 1 more cup water and return mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.
  4. Season with salt , black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.
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  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 55 mins
  • READY IN 1 hr 10 mins
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 15, 2012

No more Manwich for my family! My family loved this recipie--I just added a splash of cider vinegar for an extra tang! Perfect. Thanks Chef John-Cant wait to try more of your recipies.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 04, 2012

Too sweet for my liking...I had to add more worcestire and a bunch of hot sauce to tone down the sweetness. Good for a starter recipe.

 
Mar 24, 2012

very yummy. homemade is so much better . Love this site !!!! i added celery diced real small and added the garlic in the beginning.. and the last cup of water ?? id do half that next time..using lean meat is the way to go !!

 
Aug 12, 2012

I have never been a fan of Sloppy Joes made from canned Manwich. But this recipe was great, the whole family liked it. I didn’t have brown sugar so used a little maple syrup. Sometimes you have to improvise and that’s ok.

 
Jul 08, 2012

Once again, Chef John, "Thank you" seems so inadequate. Made this for dinner last night and there was happy silence from my husband's corner as he finished his portion and then not-so-silent (but relatively subdued lest he resemble Bambi in the headlights before running away) ecstatic chatter from mine, when he got up for seconds. Normally, when I make sloppy joes, there is the animated discussion about how ketchup should be used only as a condiment on the side to adorn hot dogs, hamburgers, the occasional french fry, but it should never -- and he repeats never -- be used as an ingredient. There was none of that with this meal :) -- not even the suspicious, "Did you put ketchup in this?" or the disappointed, "Honey, you Know I'm not a big sweet-and-sour fan". A note to those reviewers who thought this was too "sloppy", I would say make this again and be more patient next time -- the liquid does evaporate eventually. The flavour is superb that it is well worth the wait. So .. Thanks again! I have myself a new sloppy joe recipe!

 
Mar 27, 2012

These Sloppy Joe's are SO good! I followed the recipe exactly and the whole family loved them. These are so easy to make there's no reason to buy canned sauce! Note: if you have picky eaters, you might consider dicing to pepper very fine to 'hide' them. Thanks, Chef John, and as always we enjoyed your recipe!

 
Mar 13, 2012

This is a great recipe! I especially like the fact that it includes mustard, which is left out of many recipes. You don't taste mustard, but it adds something that you really miss if it isn't there. If you don't have Dijon mustard, using whatever kind of mustard you have would be better than no mustard. I left out the black pepper, because I'm allergic to it.

 
Jul 17, 2012

Not better, not worse, just different ? I think this dish has a lot of potential, and I'm sure I'll will be make it again. Before attempting this again, I'll have to figure out what seasonings to use, by reading all of the review, and see that will work for others, and than for me, to make it more flavorful or lot better for me to do! Anyway, excellent to do a SCRATCH on recipes here. It's O.K. but better the next day after the flavors have blended. I can't do the happy food dance!! On this as it is. sorry!! 2-3 Stars

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 251 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.4 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Fiber
  • 0.7 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 1002 mg
  • 40%

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

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