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Sloppy joe sandwiched between a brioche bun with crispy potato chips.
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Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

The very BEST Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe! Made with simple ingredients including ground beef, onion, green bell pepper, ketchup, and tomato paste, these childhood favorite sloppy joes take just 30 minutes to make, freeze perfectly and are loved by all ages.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 6 Sloppy Joes
Calories: 413kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large yellow onion minced
  • 1 large green bell pepper seeded and minced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon mustard (yellow or brown mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 6 hamburger buns


  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the beef and brown, breaking apart into small crumbled with a wooden spatula as it cooks, approximately 5-7 minutes. Transfer to a fine-mesh strainer to drain.
  • Return the skillet to medium heat and add the butter. Add the onion and bell pepper, stirring well to coat in butter. Cook, stirring often, until soft, approximately 6-8 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook for 30 seconds.
  • Return beef back to the skillet and stir in the tomato paste. Mix well to combine.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and water. Add to the skillet, mixing well to combine with the beef. Season with chili powder, red chili flakes (if using), salt and pepper.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • Remove from heat and serve sandwiched between your favorite toasted bun.


  • Ground beef may be substituted with ground turkey, chicken, lamb, or pork.
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Sloppy joe mixture can be frozen! Allow mixture to cool completely before transferring to freezer-friendly bags or containers. Freeze for up to 4 months. To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 884mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 696IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 5mg
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