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Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Steve Gordon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish, Beef
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Here’s a quick and easy comfort food recipe that makes some great sandwiches. I’ve loved a good Sloppy Joe Sandwich since my early days in school. Say what you want about school lunches, but I always enjoyed mine. I especially enjoyed the Yeast Rolls they served and they were even better on the days they used them as buns for Sloppy Joes.



  • 1 – pound of Ground Beef
  • 1/2 – small Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 – cup of Bell Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 – teaspoon of Granulated Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 – teaspoon of Chili Powder
  • 18oz. can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 – cup of bottled Ketchup
  • 1/2 – cup of Water
  • 1 – teaspoon of Mustard, the yellow kind in the bottle
  • 1/2 – teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 – Tablespoons of Brown Sugar


  1. Chop the Onion and the Bell Peppers.
  2. Place the Ground Beef in a large skillet on medium heat.
  3. Use a fork or spoon to chop up and separate the beef, stirring as you go.
  4. When the beef has browned, add the Bell Peppers
  5. Add the chopped Onions and stir it all up. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring as you go.
  6. Add Granulated Garlic Powder
  7. Add Chili Powder
  8. Add Tomato Sauce
  9. Add Ketchup and stir it again until it’s all mixed well.
  10. Add Water
  11. Add Mustard
  12. Add Black Pepper
  13. Add Brown Sugar and stir it all again.
  14. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. You’ll need to stir it about every 5 minutes and watch for the level of the liquids to reduce sufficiently. Don’t let it get too dry, you want it to be juicy but not watery, sloppy and not dry.
  15. Spoon the meat mixture over hamburger buns and Enjoy. Add cheese if you’re really adventuresome.


The meat mixture will cool pretty quickly once it’s removed from the heat. Serve it as soon as possible. If you leave it on the heat, it might dry out; add a little more water if needed but…not too much or you will water down the flavors. Enjoy!!!

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