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Toasted hamburger bun topped with ground beef coated in a sloppy Joe sauce.
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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

Homemade sloppy joes. Hearty and flavorful! This homemade sauce is perfect for using as a quick weeknight meal for the family! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 192kcal
Author: Serene



  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard or can use dijon
  • 1 tablespoon molasses can sub with brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns


  • Stovetop Sloppy Joes:
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add in the bell pepper and onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add in the ground beef. Continue cooking over medium heat. Breaking up the meat while it cooks. Cook until the meat is completely browned, approximately 5 minutes. 
  • Once the meat is browned and the onion and peppers are tender, add in the garlic. Cook an additional 30 seconds. 
  • Add in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, ground mustard, molasses, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir to coat the meat. 
  • Allow the meat to cook in the sauce for about 5 minutes. During this time prepare the hamburger buns by spreading a little butter on the insides and toasting in a skillet. 
  • Serve the sloppy joes warm. 
  • Crockpot Sloppy Joes:
  • Cook the ground beef, bell pepper and onion in a large skillet. Drain the grease. Add the meat mixture to a slow cooker. 
  • Add in the remaining ingredients. Stir to coat the meat mixture. 
  • Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g