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Sloppy Joes make a simple and delicious meal. It is also a kid friendly meal that you can make without much preparation. This page contains sloppy joe recipes.

Video: Sloppy Joes

This video has the step by step instructions to make your very own sloppy Joes. I like to make my own sloppy joes (slushburgers). I like this recipe for it freezes well. Leftovers can be made into several quick and easy meals for a later date. View the full recipe here: Homemade Sloppy Joes

Recipes

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Recipe: Easy Sloppy Joes

Quick, easy, and good.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. minced onion (about)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup water

Directions:

Put a small amount of water in bottom of frying pan. Add hamburger and cook until brown. Drain grease.

Add minced onions, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 1/3 cup water, and enough ketchup to make a really sloppy sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes

Serve on a hamburger bun or on top of a baked potato.

By dorothy from New Creek, WV

Recipe: Grub Gravy

This is one of the fastest and best-tasting lunch specials you can make. Most children love any kind of SloppyJoe Sandwich, but this one has some added flavor and nutrition.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken soup (undiluted)
  • 4 hamburger buns (toasted or not- your choice)

Directions:

Heat skillet and add 2 tsp olive oil to it. Allow it to get hot. Crumble up beef and add to skillet, stirring until meat is browning and slightly caramelized. Stir to further break up meat, and add the can of undiluted cream of chicken soup. Cook for 2 minutes. while stirring to heat thoroughly. Spoon over open hamburger buns.

Add a pre-made tossed salad with dressing of choice and you have a nice quick and filling lunch. My children loved our homemade baked beans with these sloppy joes.

Servings: 4

Time: 5 Minutes Preparation Time, 15 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My oldest daughter. The three daughters were always playing "Restaurant" when they were learning to cook. This recipe was named "Grub Gravy" on their "menu", probably from watching "Bonanza" and the introduction of Hop Sing's "chuck wagon" on the trail.

By Julia (pookarina) from Boca Raton, FL

Recipe: Homemade Sloppy Joes

sloppy joe with tots

I love it when my best friend comes over to make sloppy joes. I like the kind that uses tomato paste and a seasoning packet, but I love hers! :)

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8 sloppy joes

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Steps:

  1. Brown meat in a skillet and drain off any liquid. Add ketchup, stir to combine.add ketchup
  2. Then add Worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Mix well.add worcestershire sauceadd brown sugar
  3. Stir in the garlic powder, adjust amount to taste. Allow to simmer on LOW for 5 minutes.add garlic powder
  4. Serve hot a hamburger bun.finished meat

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Recipe: Sloppy Joes

Being single and needing to watch what I make and save money, I make my own sloppy joes (slushburgers). I like this recipe for it freezes well. Leftovers can be made into several quick and easy meals for a later date.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground meat, (beef, chicken, turkey and pork)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard (may need to be adjusted to your taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder (again, adjust to your taste)

Directions:

Brown meat and onion. Add remaining ingredients. Once you have this made, you can either make sloppy joes for one night and then freeze the rest in small amounts for 1 sandwich.

When you are pressed for time, thaw meat mixture and add it to leftover mac and cheese for quick hotdish and 1/4 cup mixed vegetables. Heat on high for 2 minutes.

You can also put this mixture on baked potatoes, fries, or for fast nachos, add grated cheese and place in oven till cheese is melted.

Servings: 6 sandwiches
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

By cj from Minot, ND

Recipe: Sloppy Joes

I usually double the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, diced (I use 1 tsp. onion powder since we don't like onions.)
  • 1/2 green pepper, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. white vinegar
  • 1 (10 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • salt to taste

Directions:

Brown and drain ground beef. Add pepper, onion, and garlic and saute for approximately 5 minutes. Add other ingredients and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Serve over hamburger buns with shredded cheddar cheese.

By Jodi from Aurora, CO

Recipe: Housewarming Hamburger

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hamburger
  • 1 lg. onion
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 cup ketchup or chili sauce
  • 1 doz. hamburger buns

Directions:

Brown meat. Chop onion and add to meat; cook. Add remaining ingredients. Simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Toast buns. Spoon meat into buns.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: "Farm-Sale" Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

Cook meat and onion. Drain well. In a large pot combine all ingredients. Stir and simmer for 1 hour.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Favorite Sloppy Joes

These go over big at our house! Very kid-friendly as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2-1 onion, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard

Directions:

Brown meat with onion and drain. Combine sugar, vinegar, ketchup and mustard. Add to meat mixture. Simmer 10-15 minutes and serve.

Servings: 8-10
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 10-15 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Sloppy Joes

A family favorite and a great stand-by when you need a quick meal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 can chicken gumbo soup

Directions:

Brown beef and onion together. Mix in rest of ingredients and simmer without lid about 20 minutes.

Servings: 6-8
Prep Time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Hamburger Goo

This is a fun, kid-friendly recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. hamburger, do not fry
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and simmer for 45 minutes. Enough for 12 buns.

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10-105 Minutes
Cooking Time: 45 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Sloppy Joes

Very easy and different Sloppy Joe recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. hamburger
  • 1 jar chili sauce
  • 2 cans chicken gumbo soup
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. dry mustard

Directions:

Brown hamburger; drain. Add rest of ingredients and simmer on low heat 1 hour.

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 60 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Sloppy Joe Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg. shell macaroni (8oz.)
  • 1 envelope Sloppy Joe seasoning mix
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can tomato paste (8oz.)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (8oz.)
  • 2 cups creamed cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Directions:

Cook macaroni; drain. Meanwhile, prepare seasoning mix with ground beef, tomato paste, sauce and 1 1/4 cups water.

In a 2 1/2 quart casserole layer 1/2 macaroni, 1/2 cottage cheese and 1/2 meat sauce; repeat. Top with cheddar cheese and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-60 minutes, uncovered.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Barbecue Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. hamburger
  • 1 lg. onion
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions

Brown hamburger and onion. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15-30 minutes. Serve on buns.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Recipe: Venison Sloppy Joes

Season venison steaks and put in crockpot, on slow, overnight, with small amount of water. Let cool, then tear apart with a fork. Return meat to crockpot, add can of sloppy joe sauce and simmer. Onions, peppers and garlic can be sauteed and added to mixture if preferred. Serve on bun and enjoy!

Recipe: Tangy Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsps. chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 tsps. ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split

Directions

In a large skillet, cook the beef, celery, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in the ketchup, chili sauce, sugars, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings

Tip: Try the sloppy joes filling on baked potatoes or over pasta for a change of pace.

Recipe from Eat Well

By Connie from Oden, AK

Recipe: Sloppy Joe Supreme for 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup bisquick
  • 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions

Heat oven to 400 degrees F in small bowl, stir together bisquick mix, 1/2 of shredded cheese, water and egg white. Set aside. Cook ground beef, drain. Add tomato sauce, ketchup and salt. Heat over med heat, stirring occasionally. Pour in 8x8 inch pan. Pour bisquick mixture over top of hamburger mixture. Bake about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Recipe: Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes

These are GREAT!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 4 buns
  • 4 cheese slices

Directions:

Preheat broiler. In nonstick skillet over medium heat cook first 4 ingredients, stirring often, until browned and cooked through, 5 minutes. Drain, if necessary. Stir in tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, chili powder and salt; heat through, 4-5 minutes. On baking sheet broil cut sides of buns until toasted, 2 minutes. Top bun bottoms with meat mixture and cheese; broil until melted, 1-2 minutes. Cover with bun tops. Serves 4

By Robin

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Archive: Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 2 - 2 1/2 lbs. Ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 oz. Ea.) Tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 8 sandwich or hamburger buns, split

Directions:

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef, onion and green pepper over medium high heat for 7 - 9 minutes; drain off the excess liquid. Add remaining ingredients except the buns; mix well. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns.

Note: For some extra zing, add 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce with the other flavorings. DON'T FORGET TO PUT OUR EXTRA NAPKINS!

By Trudy from Springfield, IL


RE: Sloppy Joes

I used to buy ground beef in that amount. When my family was still home. Here are a couple of suggestions.

Brown some meat with onion(regular or dried minced), garlic(minced or powder), oregano and pepper. Then portion it out into plastic fold over sandwich bags and place 4 or 5 into a gallon zip loc bag and freeze. Thereby having a base ready for chili, spaghetti or casseroles.

Next I would make up meatloaves of whatever size I wanted then bag and freeze raw to cook when defrosted.

I'm sure you can think of lots more to do with all your lovely meat such as the tasty recipe you posted. When I was working, I did a lot of weekend prep that went into the freezer. (10/25/2004)

By patsAZ

RE: Sloppy Joes

I also have a great sloppy joe recipe. Brown and drain 2 pounds of ground beef, add one jar of Heinz chilli sauce and one can of tomato soup (campbells). heat until hot. Serve with choice of toppings on buns. Enjoy (10/25/2004)

By Pooh

RE: Sloppy Joes

I have one if you want to eat really really cheap or are a vegetarian or single.

Buy TVP texturized vegetable protein, not in chunks, it also comes in granules in the bulk section of the health food store. It is cheap, doesn't go bad, and very nutritious.

Since the main flavor in Sloppy Joes or tacos is the sauce in seasoning--this stuff works great.

I take some out of the jar, usually a cup for a small can of sloppy joe sauce and cook it on the stove with about a half cup of water added. You cook it until it swells and softens and looks like ground beef.

You can kinda taste the difference, I put chopped green peppers in mine to liven it up. But it is low fat and good for you.

I do the same thing when making tacos and substitue it for the ground beef. I like this one better.

This stuff got me through college when I was tired of ramen....I had roomates and limited freezer space. (10/27/2004)

By sarah_bellum

RE: Sloppy Joes

Trudy, does your recipe taste alot like manwich? My daughter loves manwich brand and I am looking for one similar to that. I have tried others and she didnt like them. Thank you! (10/10/2006)

By jmz2005

Archive: Nummy Sloppy Joes

Nummy Sloppy Joes

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 2 cans tomato juice (8oz. size can)

Directions:

Brown ground beef and onion; drain. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns.

By Robin

Archive: Sloppy Joes

Combine the following in a skillet:

  • two pounds of cooked beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 (10.75-ounce) can condensed tomato soup
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder.

Directions:

Place ground beef in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and celery, cover the pan and cook over medium heat until beef is thawed and onions and celery are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture. Season with salt and garlic powder. Simmer over low heat until thoroughly heated, stirring frequently. Spoon the hot beef mixture onto hamburger buns, which may be toasted first. Serves 8.

By Kathy

Archive: Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco sauce
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar

Directions

Brown meat and onion in skillet; drain fat. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over meat. Simmer 30 minutes. Serve on toasted buns.

Variation of sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. celery seed
By Robin from Washington, IA

Archive: Quick Sloppy Joes

When we were little, my mom would make sloppy joes by browning ground beef and onions. Drain off grease and add 2 cans vegetable soups and heat thoroughly. She would serve on hamburger buns or regular bread.

Source: my mom

By castleberrycc from St. Ann, Missouri


RE: Quick Sloppy Joes

  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef fry - drain
  • 1/2 cup sweet relish
  • 3/4 cup catsup.
Mix all together. Simmer for half hour or so. Serve on toasted buns with some cheddar cheese. Delicious! (04/02/2008)

By Tina

RE: Quick Sloppy Joes

Vegetable soup? I'm not sure if I would like that or not. Tomato soup would be more in the vein of traditional sloppy joes, but a lot of times what "Mommy made" when you were little is the only "real" thing for you -- I feel that way about a lot of things! (04/02/2008)

By bailegirl

Archive: 4-3-2-1 Sloppy Joes

This was my mother's old stand-by recipe for Sloppy Joes. The recipe is probably well over 50 years old.

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 1 cup ketchup

Directions

Brown about 1 1/2 pounds ground beef* Drain well. Add all sauce ingredients. (You may add a little water to sauce - it will cook off while simmering). Simmer until sauce is thick.

*My mother would add a chopped onion to the ground beef while cooking - we prefer not to have the onion. If you like onion then add a chopped onion while browning the ground beef

By Sue

Archive: Recipes For Sloppy Joe

I am looking for a recipe for sloppy joes. I had one and lost it in when we moved.

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Archive: Easy Sloppy Joes

This Sloppy Joe mix I made when my kids were little and I made it a lot! It makes a lot and is great for family get togethers or large families. The nice thing is that it is really simple quick and easy on the stomach!

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