Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

August 14, 2022  Author Avatar
Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe


Hey Joe! No need to be so sloppy!  Do you know a sloppy joe?  I think we all know a sloppy Joe. Well, serve these sloppies with plenty of napkins and maybe even a rather large wet wipe.  Or how about a large wash cloth!  : )   Let’s get sloppy! Dig in and enjoy! And, did we tell you that you look really nice today?

Prep time:15 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients Needed for Easy Sloppy Joes:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • White onion
  • Cloves garlic
  • Green pepper
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomato paste
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Dijon mustard
  • chili-garlic sauce*
  • Hamburger buns
  • Butter

Try this amazing Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce:

How to Make Easy Sloppy Joes:

  1. Heat olive oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add onion, minced garlic, and green pepper. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften and start to develop some color.
  2. Add the ground beef and break into small pieces with a spatula. Cook until the meat is thoroughly browned, approximately 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  3. Return to heat and add tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and chili garlic sauce. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired, and stir thoroughly to combine. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, approximately 5-10 minutes.
  4. While the meat simmers, place the top oven rack in the second from highest position and pre-heat the oven broiler to high. Open the hamburger buns and arrange on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Brush each surface with the melted butter and place the baking sheet under the broiler for several minutes, rotating once halfway through, or until the buns are golden brown.Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spoon some of the warm meat sauce onto the bottom portion of each bun. Cover and serve immediately with your choice of sides. Enjoy!


Serving Suggestions for Sloppy Joes:

Pickles, potato chips, French fries, and/or sweet potato fries

Why We LOVE Sloppy Joes!

These delicious homemade Sloppy Joes are super quick and easy to make. As an added bonus, they taste even better the next day thanks to the tomato-based sauce.

For easier clean up, all ingredients are combined right in the skillet rather than using an extra bowl. However, the tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and chili-garlic sauce can also be whisked together in a large bowl to ensure they are thoroughly blended before adding to the skillet.

Note: Yellow mustard is the traditional choice for Sloppy Joes and can be used here in lieu of the Dijon mustard.



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15 min


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