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Sloppy joe on a half bun served with chips
5 from 2 votes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes are so simple to make, you’ll wonder why you ever used the canned stuff! Savory, tangy, and sweet, this sandwich will be a dinner time hit.
Author Diana
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ¼ cup green bell pepper finely chopped
  • ½ cup yellow onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • salt and pepper


  • Heat a dutch oven or a skillet over medium high heat, add oil, and cook ground beef breaking it up with a wooden spoon until it’s no longer pink. Drain fat if it produces a lot of grease.
  • Add bell pepper and onion, and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add ketchup, water, brown sugar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir well to combine, and cover with the lid.
  • Reduce heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until you reach the desired consistency. Taste and adjust seasonings (salt and pepper) to your preference.
  • Remove from heat, and serve over toasted brioche or hamburger buns with potato chips on the side.


  1. If you want your homemade sloppy joes to have a bit of a spicy kick, consider adding some heat. Hot sauce, crushed red pepper, or a pinch of chili powder can all work to give you a spicier sandwich. 


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg