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The Best Sloppy Joes are homemade and delicious enough for adults and kids alike! The whole family will love this delicious easy dinner.

Sloppy Joe on white plate with skillet in background

Sloppy Joes can be amazing, didn’t you know? It doesn’t have to be a quick, thrown together meal from a can that kids can tolerate. It can be flavorful and packed full of delicious vegetables. It can have texture!

PRO TIP: Toast your buns before placing your meat on. This will take your sloppy Joes to the next level! Simply place open-face on a baking sheet and put under the broiler setting on your oven. Broil for 1 to 2 minutes until lightly browned, but keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.

  • What kind of ground beef should I use?

    A lean ground beef (93/7) mixture is a great option for sloppy joes. There’s hardly any fat which means you probably won’t even need to drain the grease off of your meat. If you like your sloppy joes on the greasy side, feel free to use a higher fat content ground beef.

  • Do I have to add all of the vegetables?

    No. You can adjust the amount of vegetables to your own personal taste. However, the vegetables add extra flavor and amazing texture to this historically mushy sandwich of our childhood, and we do recommend sticking to the recipe as closely as possible.

  • Where did the name “Sloppy Joe”come from?

    There is much debate over who originally created the sloppy joe. It is said that a man named Joe in Iowa possibly created the sloppy joe in 1930. Another possibility, Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida has served sloppy Joes since they opened in 1933. Last but not least, Sloppy Joe’s Saloon in Havana is another contender for original creator. So who really invented this favorite loose meat sandwich? The world may never know.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other classic American dinner recipes:

Sloppy Joe meat and veggie mix in skillet with spoon

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Sloppy Joe with a sesame bun on white plate
The Best Sloppy Joes are homemade and delicious enough for adults and kids alike! The whole family will love this delicious easy dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 hamburger buns
Instructions
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef and yellow onion together, stirring occasionally, until beef is browned and cooked through.
  • Drain any excess fat from the skillet and return skillet to heat.
  • Add in bell pepper, celery, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar, salt, ground mustard, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a simmer and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 15 to 30 minutes. Simmering time depends on how crisp you want the vegetables.
  • Serve meat hot on toasted buns.
Notes
You can adjust the amount of vegetables to your own personal taste. However, the vegetables add extra flavor and amazing texture to this historically mushy sandwich of our childhood, and we do recommend sticking to the recipe as closely as possible.

Nutrition

Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3.2mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sloppy Joes
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Peggy Bamford
February 29, 2020 6:19 pm

I will admit I was skeptical of this recipe. I am not a fan of any of the veggies used. I did make it as written. Absolutely delicious. Perfect bit of sweetness. Another keeper, Rachel. Thanks for your hard work

Janet Ploesser
January 18, 2020 5:34 pm

I love your recipes and wanted to thank you for posting them. I wanted to know how long would it take to make the green peppers tender? Should I cook them with the hamburger meat and onion? Thanks

February 13, 2020 3:30 pm
Reply to  Janet Ploesser

You add the green bell peppers in with the celery, tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar, salt, ground mustard, and red pepper flakes. Check your veggies after 15 minutes of simmering if you like them more tender. Leave for the full 30 minutes if you like them more soft and well cooked.

Linda Flake
February 17, 2020 6:29 pm

5 stars
Love all your recipes and watching you prepare them
It makes it easier for me to follow

Ann Reynolds
January 19, 2020 2:35 pm

5 stars
Uncle Ken and I were reading the recipe and both had our stomachs growling! I had all the ingredients except bell pepper so I made it for dinner. Yum! We both enjoyed it a lot. Love your blog and enjoy making new recipes. By the way, I had some mushrooms that needed to be used, so chopped them coarsely and they were really good in the sloppy joes.

Nancy Farrell
January 18, 2020 11:33 am

Absolutely LOVE your recipes and look forward to them every day! Now that all our kids are grown and scattered throughout the country, my husband and I usually cook for just the two of us! We both enjoy cooking and trying your recipes!
Thanks Rachel!

Jan
October 17, 2020 7:45 am

5 stars
Made this recipe. It was delicious!

Ann T
June 8, 2020 5:10 pm

5 stars
Excellent sloppy joe recipe! Not too sweet, not too ketchupy! I used a red pepper instead of a green pepper! The video shows the addition of the vegetables with the meat while the written recipe has only the onions added to the meat! Also the video has it simmering for five minutes. No matter how you fix it I am sure it will be Dee-Lish!

Patricia
January 18, 2020 2:24 pm

5 stars
I love this Sloppy Joe recipe! Not too much sugar.

Roger Purser
January 17, 2020 2:06 pm

5 stars
Short, sweet and to the point!!
Great job!!!?
I liked how you had everything ready to add.
Just nice how you didn’t waste my time watching you prepare the ingredients.
I will have to give them a try. ?

Peggy
November 18, 2020 9:20 am

Loved this! Didn’t have celery this time but used celery seed. Will do celery next time for better crunch. We have to rotate sloppy joe with sloppy mike since someone is jealous 🙂. Have started using grandkids names now they love it.

Donna
November 18, 2020 8:54 am

5 stars
I won’t buy canned again! The taste is so different and soon much better.

Shannan Leonard
November 17, 2020 9:34 pm

5 stars
Outstanding! Leave the vegetables in, they add to the sauce/burger perfectly and keeps it texturally different than just the ground beef. I agree with toasted buns but in a pinch a toast made in your toaster is great! Then you can use white, wheat, whole grain.

November 7, 2020 4:46 pm

I am making this as we write. It sounded so good I just had to do it tonight. I know it will be DELISH!

Diane Howe
October 20, 2020 4:36 pm

I will make this recipe again, but will cut the tomato paste by at least half. I added a splash of vinegar to add a little tang.

Melanie Rose
November 18, 2020 2:47 pm
Reply to  Diane Howe

Yes! Thank you. I felt it needed a little depth of flavor and a splash of apple cider vinegar made it perfect.

Frances Burns
September 21, 2020 4:43 pm

5 stars
Quick and easy. Well liked by my picky eater. Thank you

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