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Classic Sloppy Joe Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 273
Hands down the BEST Sloppy Joe recipe ever! This super easy Sloppy Joe recipe is fast, easy, and absolutely delicious. Plus it makes enough for easy leftovers that everyone loves. Excellent take on a fun childhood favorite for the whole family.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 1/3 bell pepper (minced)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 lb ground beef (cooked & drained)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 pack potato rolls (toasted and brushed with melted butter)


  • Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add the ground beef and brown evenly for about 5 minutes while breaking apart larger pieces into smaller chunks. Drain and set aside.
  • Add the onion and bell pepper into the same skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes until they become tender. Add garlic and cook until semi-translucent. Add the ground beef mixture back into the skillet and add tomato paste. Combined well.
  • Add in the ketchup, water, brown sugar, mustard, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper to meat mixture and stir well. Over medium heat, cook for about 10-15 minutes until the mixture has reached your desired consistency. Remove from heat and serve on toasted buns. Yum!
Calories: 273kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 531mg | Potassium: 355mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 509IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 2mg