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Sloppy Joes

Oh, Sloppy Joes! Saucy, meaty, sweet, and savory. This American classic sure does live up to its name! It's a meal that everyone will approve of, while barely taking any effort to execute. So, grab a plate, a napkin (or ten), and get ready to put together this spectacular dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sloppy joes
Servings: 6
Calories: 201kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon butter unsalted
  • ½ onion chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 cup tomato sauce or tomato passata
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste


  • Brown the beef: Add the butter to a large skillet and melt it over medium-high heat. Once the butter has melted, add the ground beef and cook, stirring often and breaking apart as you go, until the beef is fully cooked.
  • Sauté veg: To the same skillet add the onion and bell pepper. Stir occasionally and cook until the onion is softened and translucent, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
  • Simmer: Add the rest of the ingredients to the skillet and stir well to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened and glossy.
  • Finish: Spoon over halved buns and serve.



  1. Nutritional information does not include buns.
  2. If you like your sloppy joes runnier, add about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of beef or chicken broth before simmering it.
  3. Try toasting your buns for a crunchier bun or if you don't like your buns soaking up all the sloppy goodness.
  4. You can also make this in the slow cooker for 6 hours on low.
  5. Let the sloppy joes cool down fully before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the fridge. Leftovers will last 3-4 days.


    Serving: 1serving | Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 573mg | Potassium: 494mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg