Sloppy Joes

I remember eating sloppy joes as a kid. I always loved it. This is simple down home family goodness! In the same way that I have always loved sloppy joes, my kids go crazy whenever they get it. My kids are very courageous when it comes to eating. They love curries, seafood and are great at eating their vegetables. Even though they are great to eat all sorts of food, they do love some classic American dishes, just like these sloppy joes.

I made them again this weekend and they told me I just had to post it on the blog! So, here it is. Your kids will love it and I am sure it will bring back memories of childhood experiences eating sloppy joes. It sure does for me.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 sloppy joes
Author Steve Cylka


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 onion , chopped
  • 1 green pepper , chopped
  • 1 (5.5 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns , split


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, saute the ground beef for 5 minutes.
  • Add the onion and red bell pepper; saute for 5 more minutes, or until onion is tender.
  • Drain the fat.
  • Mix in tomato paste and water, stirring until paste is dissolved.
  • Stir in garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until mixture is thick and stewy.


About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. Ah, you just can’t beat sloppy Joes on a cold winter day!

    This recipe is very similar to my wife’s but I like that you use chili powder and cumin in yours!

  2. Hey Steve, I also make a homemade Sloppy Joe. I will try this recipe next time. You have some ingredients I have not tried. Looks awesome.

    Thanks Regina

  3. I LOVE sloppy joes. These look absolutely perfect!

  4. I love the added brown sugar in these. Sloppy joes are a classic, love this!

  5. These do look tasty and bravo for not including ketchup! Like the ingredients you used to flavor this up, so I am keeping this recipe. Thanks Steve and enjoy the day!

  6. Confession: I’ve never had a sloppy joe. it’s not something we do in Germany, and I haven’t really had the opportunity to try one. And somehow, they don’t looks so tasty. What is it that makes everyone love them?

    • You have NEVER had a sloppy joe!?!? I suppose it is likely a truly North American dish. It is the flavour in the sauce that makes them so tasty. It is similar to a BBQ sauce in ground/minced beef. Oh so tasty!

  7. You’re talking the food of my childhood here, but better because it wasn’t made with a canned sauce. These look wonderful!

  8. I love these! Such a nostalgic good-times dinner 🙂

  9. Mmmmm, homemade sloppy joes. Love this! I would have to make a quadruple batch here to feed the mongrel hordes cause I know they’d love it too.

  10. These look so good! I love home made sloppy joes! Def going to try this!

  11. Love sloppy joes. One day I am going to show up your doorstep with a plate and a fork hoping you’ll feed me.

  12. Sloppy Joes have been on my white board list to make for a long time. Great combination of spices in these Steve.

  13. Now those are some good looking sloppy joes!! Yes, they bring back my childhood too. 🙂 Well done bringing back a well loved classic.

  14. The very first thing we learned to cook in Home Ec 400 years ago.

    Love it!

  15. Ok now I am HUNGRY!!!! :)) Looks soooo yum!

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