Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe
on Mar 30, 2017, Updated Oct 15, 2021
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This Homemade Sloppy Joes recipe is better than any package of sloppy joe mix and you’ll even have a few bucks leftover for dessert.
As a bonus, this is another one-pot wonder that makes clean up easier and faster. Win. Win. Win.
Homemade Sloppy Joes
I don’t know of many kids who don’t like a good helping of Sloppy Joe, or if you prefer, Sloppy Joes. Singular or plural, it’s the same delicious meal when it comes to making this Homemade Sloppy Joes recipe.
Legend has it that the sloppy joe sandwich as we know it has its origins in Sioux City, Iowa. It seems there that back in the 1930s, a local cook named Joe came up with the template of this taste of Americana with his tomato-based “loose meat” sandwich. Talk about humble beginnings.
Surely Joe had no idea that his kitchen creation would be destined to become ubiquitous with classic American cuisine. Interestingly enough, in America’s heartland of Wisconsin, Sloppy Joes are often referred to as Spanish hamburger. This fact was made known to me tonight and after asking a couple of cheesehead friends, I was told that this indeed the case.
Homemade Sloppy Joe Ingredients:
- Ground beef
- Sweet onion
- Brown sugar
- Garlic or garlic powder (or both)
- Sweet bell pepper (Optional)
Coming off the recent flavor high that was provided by our Simple Goulash Recipe just a few days ago, I was generous with the amount of onions that I added to this one-pot wonder recipe. I have had sloppy Joes, made from a seasoning packet, numerous times.
There is no comparison, in taste or flavor, of those processed envelopes of seasoning and this made from scratch Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe. We served these beauties with slices of Provolone cheese, bread and butter pickles, and chips and salad.
Give this simple and flavorful recipe a try. You won ‘t believe how delicious it is to enjoy!
Homemade Sloppy Joes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 sweet onions, medium-size, coarse chop
- 3 cloves garlic, coarse chop
- 1/2 bell pepper, fine chop
- 1 tbsp garlic powder
- 2 lbs ground beef, lean
- 1.5 cups ketchup
- 2 tbsp mustard
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 6 hamburgr buns, toasted lightly in oven.
- 2 tbsp butter
- In a large skillet over medium heat, sautée onions and stir until wilted and light brown, about 5 minutes. Add diced pepper and garlic and continue to saute until pepper is softened. Add the ground beef and brown, drain off liquid from pain.
- Stir in the mustard, garlic powder, brown sugar and ketchup, mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and then simmer for about 20 minutes or until ready to serve.
- Butter the hamburger buns and place under oven broiler for 2 minutes, just before serving.
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.