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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes come together in less than 30 minutes for a quick and easy dinner -- even on your busiest nights!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade sloppy joes, Italian Sloppy Joes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
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Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 people
Calories 226kcal
Author Blair


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ¼ cup finely diced onion (frozen is fine)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (or ⅛ teaspoon dried garlic powder)
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Dash of black pepper
  • For serving: sandwich buns


  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, onion and garlic until the meat is no longer pink. Drain.
  • Whisk together the remaining ingredients to make the sauce. Add to the skillet with the beef, onion and garlic.
  • Simmer uncovered over low heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mixture reaches desired consistency. You can keep the skillet covered if you like the sauce “sloppier.” If the sauce is too thick, gradually stir in a small amount of warm water or beef broth. If the sauce is too thin, gradually sift in a small amount of flour while stirring vigorously to thicken.


Make Ahead: Prepare the meat mixture in advance, cool to room temperature, and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Serving a Larger Family? Double all of the ingredients.


Serving: 1/4 of the meat mixture | Calories: 226kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1122mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 231IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 3mg