I’d like to say that it was my kids that prompted me to make sloppy joes at home one day, but they’re only 5 and 6 and the first time I made these at home, they’d never heard of them before. It was actually my husband and I who were feeling nostalgic and craving that sweet and salty meat sauce on a toasted bun that a Sloppy Joe delivers. You know, when you want something simple, fun and tasty to eat but don’t want fast food? It was one of those times that led me to whip this recipe up. As an added bonus, I love adding quick meals to my arsenal. This Sloppy Joe recipe is definitely one of those! Not much prep or cooking time, but the result is a meal that takes 30 minutes at most and will make the kids happy too, so these Sloppy Joes are a win-win. If you’re pressed for time after work, looking for a quick and tasty meal, don’t want to hear the kids whine, or are looking for something simple and homemade, try these Sloppy Joes. You and your family won’t be disappointed!


  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/4 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 large yellow onion, minced
  • 2/3cup ketchup
  • 1/3cup water
  • ½ cup brown sugar (light or dark, whichever you have)
  • 1tsbp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1tbsp plus 1tsp kosher salt
  • 1tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/4tsp black pepper
  • 1/2tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Sweet sandwich pickles (optional)


  1. Heat butter and oil in large skillet over medium/ medium-high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, combine beef, 1btsp salt, granulated garlic, peppers, and onions.
  3. Add beef to the skillet and saute, breaking apart into crumbles as it cooks. Let simmer about 10 minutes, until browned.
  4. While the beef is browning, in a medium bowl, add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, water, brown sugar, 1tsp salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Stir to thoroughly
  5. Add the sauce to the skillet, stir to cobine with the browned beef and simmer over medium heat for another 7-10 minutes until sauce has thickened.
  6. Remove from heat and serve on buttered, toasted potato buns, top with a few pickles if you’d like and enjoy with a handful of your favorite crinkle cut potato chips.


Mommi Yolande

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