Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes filling

Do you have those meals that you grew up eating and LOVED but didn’t realized until you were an adult that they were the most simple meals to prepare?  I thought my mom was a hero because she was such a good cook.  Well, she is a hero, but not just because of her kitchen skills.  And some of my favorite meals growing up are so simple.  See: French Onion Pork Chops.

Another favorite?  Sloppy Joes.  Meaty, tomato-ey, flavorful and even better served with original Lay’s potato chips, Sloppy Joes were definitely a staple of my childhood.  And recently they have become a staple of my adulthood as well.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

We have tons going on in the evenings lately.  In addition to normal youth/Paul’s work stuff, and me doing a little bit of work travel, we have been trying to take advantage of the spring-like weather and have been taking some long walks.  I cannot tell you how good it feels to get some activity in OUTSIDE.  I’ve felt pretty cooped up by the gym over the winter and I’m so ready to stretch my legs outside, not to mention, to soak up the sun.

So with all of that, spending an hour on dinner just hasn’t been at the top of my priority list.  And that’s where these Sloppy Joes come into play.  Now, let me say that these aren’t the healthiest of options.    I add sugar, and use ketchup as the base of the sauce.  Um, but at least I used small-ish whole wheat buns?  But let me also say that the super simple (not-super-healthy) sauce is super flavorful.  A little onion, green pepper (the star!), ketchup, Worcestershire (the other star!) and brown sugar and done.  It’s so rich it tastes like it simmered all day, when it only simmered for 15 minutes.  Springtime weeknight dinner perfection if you ask me.

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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Yield: 6-8 sandwiches

Total Time: 30 min

A quick & simple recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes with a tangy, flavorful sauce.


1 tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup diced yellow onion
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground sirloin
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs. brown sugar
1-2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. black pepper
Salt to taste
Hamburger Buns
Sliced cheese


Heat the olive oil in a Dutch oven or large high-sided skillet. Add the onions, green pepper and garlic with a small pinch of salt and cook for 4-5 minutes until tender and fragrant. Add the ground beef and break it up as it cooks.

If needed, drain some of the excess grease from the meat and return to the pan. Add the ketchup, water, brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire and the pepper. I typically add a little more than 1 teaspoon, but start with 1 and add more to taste.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened. Serve with toasted buns and cheese as desired.

Homemade Sloppy Joes


19 Responses to “Homemade Sloppy Joes”

  1. #
    Lavender — March 20, 2014 @ 7:13 am

    I’m going to try this recipe, indeed so easy and delicious!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 20, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    I’m so jealous of your out door time!! I love my gym classes but I can’t wait to go on our first family walk outside. These look insanely delicious and comforting!

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    Victoria — March 20, 2014 @ 8:09 am

    I love any sloppy joe recipe that doesn’t include Manwich though sloppy Joe is one thing Ieave to my mom – a little of this and a little of that!

  4. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — March 20, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    Sloppy Joes are one of my all-time favorites! Pinned and shared!

  5. #
    Kathryn — March 20, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    I love a speedy weeknight dinner idea – there never seems to be enough time does there?

  6. #
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — March 20, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    We’ve been trying to take advantage of every nice evening we can get, too! This is a perfect spring weeknight dinner solution!

  7. #
    Claire Gallam — March 20, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    it’s like my childhood exploded on your blog! Love homemade sloppy joes!

  8. #
    Joanne — March 21, 2014 @ 6:28 am

    I definitely ate a LOT of sloppy joes growing up, and to this day they will always remind me of that scene in It Takes Two! Total childhood comfort food.

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) — March 21, 2014 @ 6:30 am

    Sloppy joes are one of my husband’s favourite meals – thanks for the reminder that we should enjoy them more often!

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    Danae @ reciperunner — March 21, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    I too have been able to get some walks and runs in outside this week. It’s so nice to get the fresh air and warmth! I love sloppy joes and really love how simple they are to make, such a great weeknight meal!

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    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — March 24, 2014 @ 12:10 pm

    I’m all about super simple recipes these days. This looks sooooo good, Cassie! I also love recreating dishes from my childhood.

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    bev @ bevcooks — March 29, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    I LOVE that you added cheese, omg.

  13. #
    Barbara — April 15, 2014 @ 9:29 pm

    Love the sloppy joes recipe.

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    deb b — April 12, 2015 @ 4:56 pm

    this is a keeper…simple and delicious.

    • Cassie replied: — April 19th, 2015 @ 5:42 pm

      Thanks Deb, I’m glad you liked the sloppy joe’s. These are a favorite of mine!

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    Brittney — May 17, 2015 @ 3:07 pm

    I want to make this for my picky kids and picky husband, can I nix the Worcestershire? Thanks 🙂

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    Monica — August 5, 2015 @ 8:58 pm

    These are delicious! Thanks for posting.
    I can’t have soy or corn so I omitted the Worcestershire and they still tasted great.
    Just wondering if you have any nutritional information on these? Please post if you do!! Thanks!

    • Cassie replied: — August 6th, 2015 @ 11:32 am

      I don’t have nutritional information, I’m sorry. I don’t have the expertise in that area to provide the information. There are lots of sites out there though that can provide the nutritional information if you enter the information. Thanks for commenting!


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