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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe.
4.92 from 12 votes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Flavorful Homemade Sloppy Joes recipe! This sandwich consists of minced beef simmered in a seasoned tomato-based sauce and it’s cooked in a skillet. The homemade Sloppy Joes sauce is made from scratch, without Manwich!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 416 kcal


  • 1 pound minced beef or ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 8 oz canned tomato sauce, (unsalted)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon 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.
  • 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,  stirring occasionally for about 15-20 minutes or until the mixture has thickened to your liking. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.
  • Serve on a bun. Enjoy!


*If you are using medium -fat ground beef, you need to drain the grease to reduce the fat and calorie content.
The extra lean ground beef doesn't need to be drained after browning but if you see grease, feel free to remove to make it even a healthier dish. You can tilt the pan and use a paper towel to absorb much of the fat from browned ground beef. A little fat goes a long way with flavors but it's your choice and it will taste great even without the extra fat.


Sodium: 952mgCalcium: 84mgVitamin C: 11mgVitamin A: 388IUSugar: 10gFiber: 3gPotassium: 518mgCholesterol: 54mgCalories: 416kcalSaturated Fat: 6gFat: 18gProtein: 20gCarbohydrates: 43gIron: 4mg
Keyword hamburger, ground beef, minced beef, sloppy joes, tomato sauce
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