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Homemade Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 sandwiches 1x


This easy recipe for the classic saucy beef sandwich is a tastier version than the traditional semi-homemade way. 



1 1/2 pounds ground beef

3/4 cup chopped green bell pepper

1 cup chopped onion

4 cloves garlic, pressed

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup ketchup

2 cups water

2 tablespoons taco seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/41/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons mustard

8 hamburger buns


Brown ground beef along with the onions, peppers, and garlic in a large heavy pot, drain grease if necessary.

Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes on medium-low heat uncovered.

Spoon onto the bottom half of a hamburger bun, place cheese, onion slices, pickles, and other add-ons on top then cover with the other half of the bun. Serve.


It’s still delicious when you substitute the ground beef with ground turkey for fewer calories.

Try it  on a buttery toasted bun.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade sloppy Joes, sloppy Joe sandwiches, sloppy Joes

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