This sloppy joe recipe is quick and inexpensive. In addition to putting it on rolls, try this slightly sweet beef mixture over rice, biscuits, or baked potatoes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 servings
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in ground beef and onion. Cook and stir until beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease. Stir in ketchup, water, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt.

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  • Bring beef mixture to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until sauce has thickened, 30 to 40 minutes. Serve on buns.

Cook's Note:

Don't be afraid of the vinegar, it counter balances the sweetness of the sugar and the spice of the chili powder.

Nutrition Facts

467 calories; protein 24g 48% DV; carbohydrates 47.8g 15% DV; fat 20.3g 31% DV; cholesterol 69.4mg 23% DV; sodium 1339.4mg 54% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
Soooo good. I used two parts ketchup to one part BBQ sauce and used Dijon mustard and added a sweet pepper. My hungry teenage son applauds. This is a definite keeper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2014
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146 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 30
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2012
Soooo good. I used two parts ketchup to one part BBQ sauce and used Dijon mustard and added a sweet pepper. My hungry teenage son applauds. This is a definite keeper. Read More
(35)
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2012
Delicious!.....Thanks for the recipe Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2013
These were the best sloppy joe's I've ever had. My whole family loved them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/09/2014
These made two very nice Sloppy Joe sandwiches. I made it exactly as written except that I thought the range levels and cooking times were too much in my case. At medium-high heat the ground beef and onion mixture started to burn so I turned the heat down. And for the final simmering step I thought the mixture was pretty thick to start with so 30 minutes on low seemed unnecessary but I did it anyway. I used two fairly large whole-wheat hamburger buns and the amount of Sloppy Joe mixture seemed just right. There are a lot of variations on this recipe but I did enjoy this one a lot and it's worth making again. Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2013
We buy our ground beef in 1 1/2# pkgs, so tripled this recipe. Two sloppy joes would NOT have been enough to feed any normal family. It was very good. Served on bakery buns since we hate the prepacked buns you buy off of the shelf. Will make again. Read More
(6)
Rating: 5 stars
04/05/2013
We use ground turkey in a 20 oz package and double the other ingredients. Also we add garlic to the ground beef and onion while browning (because we love onion and garlic in EVERYTHING). I hate the canned sloppy joes and the whole family loves these. Bonus that they're easy to throw together. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2013
Husband loved it, but it was too sweet as I prepared it. I do not recommend replacing some of the ketchup with chili sauce, as I did because I ran out of ketchup. It took the sweetness/tangy level too high. I also didn't have an actual onion so I tried to make up for it with minced onion and onion powder. Next time, I'll be sure to use a real onion and have enough ketchup, or possibly halve the ketchup with tomato sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2014
I made this recipe exactly as written and it was fabulous. Then, for fun, I added 3/4 tsp liquid smoke and it was even more amazing. I'm not a fan of vinegar, but I added it anyway just because it was in the recipe, and the cook is right...don't be afraid of the vinegar. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/07/2014
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