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Sloppy Joe Recipe

This Sloppy Joe Recipe takes 20 minutes to whip up. It’s saucy, delicious and messy, just like classic Sloppy Joes should be!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, ground beef, sandwich
Servings: 4 sloppy joes
Calories: 301kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add in beef, onion, and pepper. 

  • Cook, breaking up the beef as you go, until the beef is cooked and veggies are soft, about 10 minutes.
  • While the meat mixture is cooking, whisk together the remaining ingredients for the sauce: ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire, vinegar, mustard, hot sauce, garlic powder, and salt.
  • Stir the sauce into the cooked beef/veggie mixture and bring to a simmer.
  • Reduce heat to keep at a simmer for about 3-5 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly.

  • Taste and re-season if necessary.
  • Enjoy on toasted buns!
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Serving: 1sloppy joe | Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 878mg | Potassium: 849mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 492IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 4mg