sloppy joe recipe

sloppy joe recipe

sloppy joe recipe


For the Sloppy Joe Filling:

  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (240ml) ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Serving:

  • Hamburger buns or sandwich rolls
  • Sliced cheese (optional)
  • Pickles (optional)


  1. Brown the Ground Beef:
    • Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
    • Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it into small pieces with a spatula, until it’s browned and no longer pink. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Sauté the Vegetables:
    • Add the chopped onion and green bell pepper to the skillet with the browned beef. Cook for about 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add Garlic and Seasonings:
    • Stir in the minced garlic, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  4. Sauce and Flavoring:
    • Add the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and yellow mustard to the skillet. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Simmer and Thicken:
    • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld and the sauce to thicken.
  6. Taste and Adjust:
    • Taste the Sloppy Joe mixture and adjust the seasonings to your liking. You can add more chili powder, sugar, or mustard as needed.
  7. Serve:
    • Toast your hamburger buns or sandwich rolls if desired.
    • Spoon a generous portion of the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the bottom half of each bun.
    • If you like, top the Sloppy Joe filling with sliced cheese and allow it to melt.
    • Place the top half of the bun on the filling, and your Sloppy Joes are ready to serve.
  8. Optional: Add Pickles
    • Some people like to add pickle slices to their Sloppy Joes for a tangy, crunchy contrast. Feel free to add pickles before putting on the top bun.
  9. Enjoy:
    • Serve your Sloppy Joes hot with your favorite sides, like coleslaw, potato chips, or a simple salad.

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