Sloppy Joe Sandwich


The classic Sloppy Joe Sandwich is a beloved comfort food, known for its rich, tangy, and slightly sweet meat filling. Perfect for quick weeknight dinners or casual gatherings, these sandwiches are sure to please both kids and adults alike.


  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/3 green bell pepper, minced
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Dash of hot sauce (optional)
  • Hamburger buns, for serving


  1. Cook the Vegetables and Beef:
    • Heat the butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it apart with a spoon as it cooks.
    • Add the minced green bell pepper, yellow onion, and garlic to the skillet. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the Tomato Paste:
    • Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes to combine and enhance the flavor.
  3. Create the Sauce:
    • Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, yellow mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, kosher salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes (if using) to the skillet. Stir well to combine.
    • Bring the mixture to a simmer and reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened to your liking.
  4. Adjust Seasonings:
    • Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed. If you like it spicier, add a dash of hot sauce.
  5. Serve:
    • Spoon the sloppy joe mixture onto hamburger buns.
    • Serve hot and enjoy your delicious Sloppy Joe Sandwiches!


  • Texture: If you prefer a chunkier texture, you can add diced tomatoes or more vegetables like carrots or celery.
  • Sweetness: Adjust the amount of brown sugar to your preference for sweetness.
  • Sides: Serve with classic sides like potato chips, coleslaw, or pickles for a complete meal.

Nutritional Information:

  • Serving Size: Makes approximately 4 servings
  • Calories: Estimated around 400 kcal per serving (without buns)

Enjoy these homemade Sloppy Joe Sandwiches with their hearty, flavorful filling and savor the classic taste of this timeless dish!


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