Mark's Nearly Famous Sloppy Joes


I've been tweaking this recipe for years and think it's finally perfected. Like a good chili, it may be even better the second day. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
10 servings


  • 2 ½ pounds ground beef

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • ¼ green bell pepper, chopped

  • 2 stalks celery, chopped

  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed chicken gumbo soup

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ tablespoons yellow mustard

  • ½ cup ketchup

  • ½ cup barbecue sauce

  • 6 tablespoons white vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. In a large heavy skillet, cook ground beef until evenly brown; drain well.

  2. In a slow cooker, combine onion, bell pepper, celery, condensed gumbo soup, tomato paste and brown sugar. Stir in lemon juice, mustard, ketchup, barbeque sauce and vinegar. season with Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, parsley, black pepper and salt. Stir in browned beef.

  3. Cover, and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Skim off excess fat.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

439 Calories
31g Fat
19g Carbs
21g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 439
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 12g 62%
Cholesterol 97mg 32%
Sodium 1017mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 40mg 3%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 616mg 13%

* 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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