Flavorful Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

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Experience the delicious simplicity of our Homemade Sloppy Joe recipe, offering the same quick and easy preparation as canned sloppy joe sauce but without the excess sodium and additional ingredients. Discover the magic of this classic dish that originated in the 1930s when a cook named Joe decided to elevate ground beef by adding tomato sauce, creating what we now know as Sloppy Joes—loose meat sandwiches loved by both kids and adults.

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Flavorful Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

The Missing Ingredient: A Flavorful Twist

Traditionally, Sloppy Joes include chopped green peppers, but our recipe takes a detour from the norm. A few years ago, a fortunate accident occurred when a lack of green peppers led to their omission. Surprisingly, this absence allowed the true flavors of the seasonings to shine through, creating a magical blend that delighted everyone at our BBQ. The secret to our flavorful Sloppy Joes is as simple as leaving out the green peppers!

Flavorful Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

Tips, Tricks, and Variations

  1. Toast the Hamburger Buns: For the perfect Sloppy Joe experience, toast the hamburger buns to prevent sogginess. This keeps the juices from soaking into the bun, maintaining the delightful “sloppy” texture.
  2. Pair with Perfect Sides: Enhance your Sloppy Joe meal with the ideal side dishes, such as pickles and potato chips, for a well-rounded and satisfying dining experience.
  3. Explore Meat Varieties: Get creative with your Sloppy Joe by using ground chicken, pork, or turkey. For a meatless option, substitute vegetable protein for ground beef.

Storing Sloppy Joe Leftovers

If you find yourself with leftover Sloppy Joes, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat using the microwave or stovetop for a quick and delicious meal.

Flavorful Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe


Sloppy Joe:

  • 1 pound (454 g) ground beef
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup (180 g) ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Hamburger buns, toasted


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef and onions until the beef is no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Stir in garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar, and water. Mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve the Sloppy Joe mixture warm on toasted hamburger buns. Enjoy the rich flavors of this homemade classic!

Flavorful Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe


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