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.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 sloppy joes


  • 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.



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  • Ok now I am HUNGRY!!!! :)) Looks soooo yum!

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

    Love it!

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

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

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    • Thanks Jed!

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

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    • You have said this a few times that one day I should come to expect it! 😛

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

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  • 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.

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    • yeah Janet, my kids devoured them as well!

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

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

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    • Yeah – I so remember those jars of manwich. but really, these are such a snap to make and typically these ingredients are on most peoples pantry shelves.

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  • 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?

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    • 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!

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  • 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!

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    • for sure Tina! no ketchup in this!- although I cannot say we never use it. The kids sure love the stuff. lol

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

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    • Oh yes Cassie – the brown sugar is key! It gives it that nice sweetness almost like a BBQ sauce that is perfect for sloppy joes

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  • I LOVE sloppy joes. These look absolutely perfect!

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  • 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

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    • Thanks Regina! I hope you enjoy it. I always love to add some extra spices in!

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  • 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!

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