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Sloppy Joes

Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod

Sloppy Joes- ground beef with a tangy, sweet tomato sauce piled onto toasted hamburger buns. This easy homemade Sloppy Joe recipe is a family favorite meal!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course, sandwich
Cuisine: American
Keyword: ground beef, sloppy joes
Servings: 6
Calories: 170kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • Toasted hamburger buns, for serving


  • In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and red pepper and cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook for 2 more minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  • Add the ground beef or turkey and season with salt and pepper. Cook until browned, using a wooden spoon to break up the beef or turkey. Stir in the tomato paste, brown sugar, smoked paprika, and chili powder.
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, apple cider vinegar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. You can add more salt and pepper, more brown sugar if you want it a little sweeter, or more chili powder or crushed red pepper flakes, if you want it spicier.
  • To serve, spoon mixture onto toasted buns. Serve immediately.


Store leftover sloppy joe mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Freeze the mixture for up to 3 months. Thaw and reheat. 


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 437mg | Potassium: 607mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1398IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 3mg