Homemade Sloppy Joes are a great weeknight dinner for a family of two or ten!
This hot, meaty sandwich recipe has all natural ingredients, as opposed to canned Sloppy Joe sauce...no additives, preservatives or high-fructose-corn-syrup.
Before you open a can of "Manwich™" Sloppy Joe sauce, try this Homemade Sloppy Joe recipe! It's a life-saver and you can feel good about serving your family a "healthy" Sloppy Joe!
You'll love this recipe!
I like to serve this with a side of Maple Baked Beans and tater tots! Not the healthiest combination, but it works, especially on a weeknight!
- Quick and easy - ready in 35-minutes!
- Simple ingredients - you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry
- No additives, preservatives and no high-fructose-corn-syrup
- Affordable - A little ground beef goes a long way when you make this messy sandwich!
This recipe is my Grandmother Lucille's...an old-fashioned recipe I found in a Piggly Wiggly bread bag.
It is believed the original Sloppy Joe recipe was invented in the 30's by a cook named...(you got it!) Joe, who worked in a cafe in Sioux City Iowa.
I don't know if this is "Joe's" recipe or not, but my Grandmother made these for us all the time and they really hit the spot!
Here's what you'll need:
Ground beef, onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, brown sugar, dried mustard, Worcestershire sauce, paprika.
How to make it:
This seasoned ground beef mess-of-a-sandwich is pretty easy to make; the secret's in the sauce!
- Cook ground beef in a skillet with a little oil until the meat is no longer pink
- Drain the ground beef and add it back to the skillet
- Add onions and bell peppers to beef; cook for 3 minutes
- Add remaining ingredients and allow to simmer uncovered until the mixture thickens
- Taste for salt and pepper
- Put it on a toasted bun and call it dinner!
How much meat per bun?
About 4-ounces, or ½ a cup of meat sauce is plenty... remember, they're called "Sloppy Joes" for a reason... so the sauce will run out a bit, but that's what makes it so yummy.
Can I substitute ground turkey for ground beef?
Ground turkey is an excellent and leaner substitute for ground beef; however, if you use ground turkey, you may need to increase the broth in order to ensure a truly "sloppy" experience!
Make it in advance:
Make the sloppy joe meat sauce in advance; freeze it in a safe container, then reheat on the stove top or microwave.
If you reheat using a microwave, be sure to use a microwave-safe container.
Sometimes, busy weeknights call for a hot, messy, homemade Sloppy Joe! Serve with french fries, tater tots or eggplant fries and "call it dinner!"
Homemade Sloppy Joe
- 2 lbs. ground beef cooked and drained
- ½ medium onion chopped
- ½ green bell pepper chopped
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 16 ounces tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 2 teaspoons paprika smokey, not sweet
- ½ cup brown sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
- 8 burger buns
- 4 oz. cheese optional
- In a large skillet on medium heat, add oil; add ground beef and cook until its no longer pink; drain and add back to skillet; add onions and bell peppers; cook till tender (about 10 minutes)2 lbs. ground beef, ½ medium onion, ½ green bell pepper, 2 tablespoons oil
- Add remaining ingredients: tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, paprika and brown sugar; combine well3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 16 ounces tomato sauce , 2 teaspoons ground mustard, 2 teaspoons paprika, ½ cup brown sugar
- Turn heat to medium-low allow to cook for 15 minutes, until sauce thickens
- Taste for salt and pepper and adjust seasonings accordinglysalt and pepper to taste
- Once buns are browned, place beef mixture on buns and top with cheese (optional)8 burger buns, 4 oz. cheese
- Turn on oven to 500ºF, or broil setting
- Lightly butter buns and place on baking sheet cut side-up; place under broiler for 3-5 minutes
- Once buns are lightly toasted, remove from oven and set aside
- Drain ground beef in colander after cooking; don't rinse