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Homemade Sloppy Joes - Easy and Tasty

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Stir to combine, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hamburger, ground beef, minced beef, sloppy joes, tomato sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 416kcal
Author: Rika Livingston


  • 1 pound minced beef or ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce (unsalted)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

To Serve:

  • 6-8 Sandwich Buns


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef for about 1 minute on one side undisturbed. Then flip, continue cooking, and using a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula to break up the meat into equal-size pieces as it cooks for about 1-2 minutes. Drain excess liquid if necessary.
  • Add onion, garlic and green bell pepper, cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, chili powder, water, red wine vinegar, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve on a bun. Enjoy!


Draining fat from Cooked Ground Beef

Carefully tilt the pan so the liquid fat falls to one side. Using a spoon to scoop it out onto another bowl. 




Nutrition Facts
Homemade Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 416 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 952mg41%
Potassium 518mg15%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 388IU8%
Vitamin C 11mg13%
Calcium 84mg8%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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