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Homemade sloppy joes are a childhood favorite made with real ingredients.
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Sloppy Joe Recipe

It's time to ditch the canned stuff—these homemade Sloppy Joes are the real deal! They're made from scratch in just 30 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 sandwiches
Calories: 549kcal


For the filling:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 c. finely diced green bell pepper
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 14 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 3 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Additional Ingredients:

  • Hamburger buns toasted and lightly buttered
  • Sliced cheese optional


  • In a large skillet or dutch oven set over medium heat, add the oil. Once hot, add the onion and bell pepper, saute for 3 minutes, then add the ground beef. Break up the ground beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, pepper, cumin, and minced garlic. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, dijon, Worcestershire. Simmer for 10 minutes, then remove from the heat.
  • Serve the filling on toasted, buttered buns. Add cheese, if desired.


Calories: 549kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1211mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1298IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 5mg