Sloppy Joe Recipe

A quick and easy old fashioned Sloppy Joe Recipe made with lean ground beef, green peppers, and onions in a zesty tomato sauce.

Included is a Sloppy Joe Spice Mix and a couple of other recipe versions.

Too tired or not enough time to cook?

Make these from scratch in a few minutes, serve on a warmed bun and you're done.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef

  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell peppers

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onions

  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon molasses

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Sloppy Joe Spice (recipe below)

  • 2 teaspoons liquid smoke flavoring

  • 6 Hamburger Buns, warmed if desired

Brown ground beef, green peppers and onions in a skillet until there is no longer pink showing in the meat.

Stir in tomato sauce and spices.

Simmer on medium heat until thickened.

Takes about 15-20 minutes.

Serve hot in a hamburger or hotdog bun.

Sloppy Joe Spice Mix

  • 1/4 cup ground mustard

  • 1/4 cup ground oregano leaves

  • 1/4 cup celery seed

  • 1/4 cup chili pepper

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons salt

Sift spices together three times.

Store in a jar with tight fitting lid to resist moisture.

Use as called for in a recipe.

Sloppy Joe Recipe - No. 2

  • 1 lb. lean ground hamburger meat

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped

  • 3/4 cup thick ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 teaspoon prepared mustard

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon Hickory Flavored Liquid Smoke

  • 6 hamburger buns

Place hamburger meat, onions, and green peppers in a skillet.

Cover and simmer until done, stirring occasionally.


Stir flour into ketchup until smooth.

Add to skillet.

Stir in vinegar, sugar, mustard, and salt.

Stir while cooking until thick.

Remove from heat.

Stir in liquid smoke, thoroughly and serve on hamburger buns.

Tip: To make Cheese Sloppy Joe, add a slice of your favorite cheese to one side of a buttered bun and toast until cheese is melted.

Add a slice of onion, if preferred.

Sloppy Joe Recipe No. 3

  • 1 1/2 lb. 85% lean hamburger (ground chuck is best for taste)

  • 1/4 cup chopped onions

  • 1/2 cup chopped celery

  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard

  • 1 cup catsup

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

Place ground beef and onion in skillet and brown lightly on medium heat.

Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer about 30 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and sauce has thickened sufficiently.

Stir occasionally adding extra water if needed.

Remove from heat and serve in heated hamburger buns.

Serves 6.

Sloppy Joe Sandwich

  • 1/2 pound ground beef

  • 1 (1 pound) canned beans and ground beef in a barbecue sauce*

  • 1/4 cup catchup

In medium skillet cook meat, stirring until it loses its color.

Add beans and catsup.

Cook another 5 minutes while stirring mixture well.

Split three hamburger buns, butter and toast  both sides of buns.

Fill the hot buns with the hot ground beef mixture and serve immediately.

These Sloppy Joe Sandwiches will be sloppy and delicious. 

Sloppy Joe History

The origin of the Sloppy Joe sandwich is unknown, although there are records of it being made in 1940.

At that time it was named Loosemeat Sandwich and sometimes called other names.

According to a timeline historical website, a recipe for making the Sloppy Joe Sandwich appeared in print in 1963.

Related Pages

BBQ Chicken Recipe

Barbecue Sauce Recipe

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