Classic Sloppy Joes

March 7, 2023

Dinner Recipes

Classic Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a classic American dish that has been enjoyed by families for generations. The dish consists of ground beef cooked with onions, peppers, and a sweet and tangy tomato-based sauce, all served on a soft hamburger bun.

The origin of Sloppy Joes is unclear, but it is believed to have originated in the early 20th century in the United States. It was a popular dish in school cafeterias and became a staple in homes across the country.

One of the best things about Sloppy Joes is their versatility. You can add different ingredients to the sauce to give it your own unique twist. For example, some people like to add Worcestershire sauce or mustard to the mix. Others like to spice it up with some hot sauce or chili powder.

Sloppy Joes are also incredibly easy to make. All you need is ground beef, onions, peppers, ketchup, brown sugar, and a few other ingredients. It’s a great dish to make for a quick and easy dinner that the whole family will love.

Overall, Sloppy Joes are a classic American dish that has stood the test of time. They’re easy to make, versatile, and delicious, making them the perfect comfort food for any occasion.

Classic Sloppy Joes

Course Dinner
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Stasia Wimmer Boschetti


  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 (8-oz) can tomato sauce
  • ¾ cups ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, for cooking
  • 8 hamburger buns


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add the vegetable oil and diced onions, cook until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the green peppers (optional), cook until softened. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients, tomato sauce, ketchup, water, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes. Serve on toasted buns. Enjoy!

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