Sloppy Joe Mamas


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.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
6 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or more if needed

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef

  • ½ cup Mexican-style hot tomato sauce (such as El Pato Salsa de Chile Fresco®)

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons mustard

  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder


  1. 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.

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

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


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 (per serving)

374 Calories
21g Fat
16g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 8g 38%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 550mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 5mg 27%
Calcium 38mg 3%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 541mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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