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Monday, May 24, 2010

Mmmmmmm Homemade Sloppy Joes

That's right.....made from scratch, homemade Sloppy Joes.  Delish!  Once you make this recipe you will never again open up a can of Sloppy Joe sauce to add to your ground beef, chicken or turkey.  You will actually be ashamed of yourself if you do so.  I say this because not only is this recipe perfectly delicious, it is HEALTHY and easy peasy to make.  I promise you - you can trust me 100% on this. :-)

Here we go.....

Sloppy Joes
(recipe has been treasured from The Pioneer Woman)


2 Tbsp butter

2 1/2 lbs ground beef, turkey or chicken (I used 85% lean ground beef)

1/2 of a whole large onion, diced

1 whole green pepper, diced

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 1/2 cup ketchup

1 cup water

2 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp chili powder (more or less if you wish)

1 tsp dry mustard

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes - optional

Worcestershire Sauce to taste

2 tbsp tomato paste - optional

Tabasco Sauce - optional

salt and pepper to taste

rolls or pasta


1. Melt your 2 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add ground beef and cook until browned.  Drain most of fat.

2. Add into the ground beef the onions, green pepper and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes to soften veggies.

3. Add in ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard and water.  Stir to combine and simmer for a good 15 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  If desired add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco at this point.

4. Serve on buttered and toasted rolls........

or over pasta.....

 And as Ree Drummond has said, "top with a slice of cheese if it makes your skirt fly up." I just love this woman!

Happy Sloppy Joe Cooking! 


  1. Try them over a baked potato too! So good!

  2. These are VERY good. I made them not very long ago. Don't tell anyone, but I think I might like them better than my family recipe (shhh...).

  3. So here's the dire question....does this taste like the regular "out-of-a-can" sloppy joe stuff? My father prefers that taste....silly men!

  4. Yes, Katherine - this recipe gives the same yummy taste of "out-of-a-can" sloppy joes. Yes indeedy!!! :-)



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