Momma's Sloppy Joes Recipe -
Momma's Sloppy Joes Recipe
  • READY IN 55 mins

Momma's Sloppy Joes

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"My mom has been making this basic sloppy joe recipe for so long that when I asked her how she made them, she had to make a batch to be sure of the measurements. These are no fancy joes - nothing but lots of sloppy, zesty mess! Beef may be used instead of turkey. Perfect for potluck or game day. Serve on your favorite buns."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    55 mins


  1. Place the turkey in a large skillet over medium heat, cook until evenly brown, and drain.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix the ketchup, sugar, vinegar, and mustard. Mix in the turkey. Cook, stirring often, 30 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 08, 2008

This was a good recipe. I added chopped onion,red bell pepper and garlic to the turkey while browning. Instead of white sugar,I used brown.A little less ketchup,was replaced with BBQ and worchestershire sauce and a few grinds of black pepper .This was quick and super easy.I'll make this again,for sure!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 09, 2005

this recipe was way to sweet....gave me a stomach ache....tastes like you are eating a hot dog with ketchup and mustard and lots of sugar!!! In order for this to taste better I would suggest adding some spices, onions, and some veggies!!!

Oct 22, 2007

Family loved it! Easy to make, too! I changed a few things: 1) I used 1 tbsp Splenda 2) I used apple cider vinegar, 3) While browning meat, I added 2 tsp minced garlic & 1/2 of a chopped onion.

Feb 25, 2011

FANTASTIC!!!! Best sloppy joes recipe yet! Love using the turkey for fat and calorie savings. My kids loved them and I have a daughter that is terribly picky! I also used apple cider vinegar, onion powder and garlic powder and omitted the sugar. There was plenty of tange and sweetness in the Heinz ketchup that sugar was not needed. This will be a regular supper at my house!!!

Feb 10, 2011

Added green pepper, onion, about a teaspoon of pepper, and some minced garlic when cooking the turkey- tasted great!

Jul 23, 2008

definitely add the onion (I used a whole one) and the dashes of worchestershire. also, i did not use sugar and it was very sweet with a combo of agave nectar-sweetened organic ketchup and regular hines (we had just enough for one cup when we combined the last of the two!). i used ground turkey. yum!

Dec 07, 2010

This one is a keeper...and my family of 6 agreed. We all love sloppy joes, but the canned types all contain onions-and we are no fans of that allium! Everyone asked for this one again! I did follow the advice of others, and cut out the sugar completely...super delicious and easy!

Aug 17, 2009

This recipe is awesome. My boyfriend hadn't ever tried sloppy joes before this recipe and now he's hooked. I took the advice of some of the other reviews. The adjustments that I made: 1) 1 tsp of brown sugar, 2) 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar, 3) 1 cup of Heinz ketchup and 4) 1 cup of tomato paste. Usually I used ground turkey, but in this case I used a pound of chuck ground beef.


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  • Calories
  • 170 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.5 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 56 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 6 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 15.9 g
  • 32%
  • Sodium
  • 547 mg
  • 22%

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

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