I grew up a Manwich® kid, thinking they were the same as sloppy joes. I was dead wrong. This is the real deal. Messy, yummy, kid-friendly perfection especially on a cold night.

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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic in hot oil until browned, 5 to 7 minutes. Add ground beef; cook and stir until the beef is completely browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain and discard grease from the skillet. Transfer beef mixture to a slow cooker.

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  • Stir Mexican-style hot tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, cider vinegar, and chili powder into the beef mixture.

  • Cook on Low for 2 hours (or on High for 1 hour).

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Cook's Notes:

Butter your sandwich rolls and sprinkle garlic salt onto the butter; toast under broiler until just crispy. Assemble sandwiches and be thankful you're alive for this moment.

Nutrition Facts

374 calories; 21 g total fat; 99 mg cholesterol; 550 mg sodium. 15.6 g carbohydrates; 29.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (27)

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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2015
I give this recipe a 5 because it was simple and delicious. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so i improvised. I only used ketchup mustard sugar in the raw vinegar and chili powder and it still turned out delicous. A lot healthier plus it does not disappoint on flavor. Just double or triple the recipe for sloppier joes..lol. Definitely a quick recipe for those lazy days!!! This recipe will be my go to recipe for manwich or sloppy joes. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2018
Needed a little more spice for us...but was very good. Read More
32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 24
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2015
I give this recipe a 5 because it was simple and delicious. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so i improvised. I only used ketchup mustard sugar in the raw vinegar and chili powder and it still turned out delicous. A lot healthier plus it does not disappoint on flavor. Just double or triple the recipe for sloppier joes..lol. Definitely a quick recipe for those lazy days!!! This recipe will be my go to recipe for manwich or sloppy joes. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2015
I give this recipe a 5 because it was simple and delicious. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand so i improvised. I only used ketchup mustard sugar in the raw vinegar and chili powder and it still turned out delicous. A lot healthier plus it does not disappoint on flavor. Just double or triple the recipe for sloppier joes..lol. Definitely a quick recipe for those lazy days!!! This recipe will be my go to recipe for manwich or sloppy joes. Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2014
I think this may be one of those recipes that needs to be tweaked to your own personal tastes. When I saw El Pato I thought Y-E-S this is going to be a different sloppy joe and it was. El Pato is available in my area in the spicy Salsa de Jalapeno (green can) and Salsa de Chile Fresco (hotter) in the yellow can. I had the Salsa de Jalapeno on hand so that s what I used. I followed the instructions tasted and we wanted something a little spicier. I added some more of the tomato sauce and even a good sprinkle of cayenne as well as some salt and pepper. Don t think for a minute traditional sloppy joes otherwise you may be disappointed. We didn t and we weren t and they were good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/14/2015
After tasting the original recipe I found that it needed more of a tomato flavor and tweaked it to our liking. I did not have the Mexican tomato sauce so I substituted it with 8 ounces of canned tomato sauce and 8 slices of pickled jalapeno slices (chopped). I added 4 tablespoons of tomato paste and about 1/2 cup water. (You may have to adjust the amount of water.) I cut back on the brown sugar to 1 tablespoon. I increased the chili powder to 1 1/2 teaspoons. Now my husband likes it much better. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2016
Made this and loved it. I didn't have cider vinegar so used red wine vinegar instead. And used Kroger brand fire roasted tomatoes -- DELICIOUS. The next day I added elbow macaroni and ate it on a plate instead of a bun --- might do that from now on with the leftovers. Looking forward to fixing it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/11/2018
Best sloppy joes I've ever had. Just the right combination of ingredients and a slight kick. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/12/2017
Good recipe but I made some modifications that I liked. Instead of the Mexican style tomato sauce I used tomato paste (140 g) and instead of the ketchup (sugar!) I used 330 g of plain canned tomato sauce. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2018
Easy to make and everybody at home loved it. I need it exactly the way the recipe said but added diced red bell pepper. toasted the buns with butter and garlic salt. this was definitely the best sloppy joe/manwich I've ever had the pleasure of eating. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2017
This was awesome! It tasted soooo much better than the canned stuff. I added a half a chopped bell pepper to get more veggies in the boys but it will be on our rotation from now on Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2017
I couldn't find Mexican Style Tomato sauce so i improvised using regular tomato sauce with 2 Tablespoons of jalapeno relish and a 2 teaspoons of Sirracha. Turned out great on a toasted potato buns. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
07/01/2018
Needed a little more spice for us...but was very good. Read More