Sloppy Joes

Ahhh, an American classic. But no Manwich sauce here. And you’ll never go back after trying these. Even my husband, who thought Sloppy Joes were the worst thing ever until his mid 30s, now doesn’t cringe seeing them on the menu.

Sloppy Joes

Make sure to toast your buns for extra texture!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2.5 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1.5 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Kaiser rolls


  • Add butter to a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
  • Add onions, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, or until vegetables begin to get soft.
  • Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, Worcestershire and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.
  • Spread rolls with butter and brown on a griddle or skillet. Spoon meat mixture over the toasted rolls.

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