Need an easy weeknight meal that the whole family will enjoy? This easy homemade sloppy joe recipe can be on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Why should make this recipe?
- A dinner everyone in the family will enjoy in less than 30 minutes.
- One pot meal so easy cleanup
- Economical, only $1.25 per serving
- Can be made on the stove or in a crockpot
- Slightly sweet
- Easy place to hide vegetables from those fussy kids
What you need
- ground beef
- tomato sauce
- sugar or honey
- worcestershire sauce
- dry mustard
- salt and pepper
How to make easy sloppy joes
You can customize the flavor to your families liking. A little sweet, or sweeter. Trying to stay away from refined sugars? Honey is a great substitute because it gets all caramelized in the sauce.
- Brown ground beef over high heat in two batches. Set aside.
- Saute onion, celery and garlic in same pan with a splash of olive oil.
- Add remaining ingredients back to pan. Simmer on low heat 10-15 minutes.
Serve on toasted buns.
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What to serve with them
We like to serve these sandwiches with a lot of carrot and celery sticks. They add extra crunch and vitamins. Other things we serve them with are;
- French fries
- Sweet potato fries
- Onion rings
- Air fryer beet chips
- Air fryer tortilla chips
- BLT pasta salad
What else can you do with leftover meat?
- Use as a topping for fries. Melt cheese for a yummy appetizer or side dish.
- Add to grilled cheese sandwiches
- Use it for a filling for tacos or topper for nachos
- Use it as a pizza sauce
- Top mac and cheese with leftover meat
- Great burger topping
- Use as a filling for hot pockets or appetizers like these Lobster pastries
Pro tips for your success
- Brown meat over high heat to get a nice crust on meat and not overcook.
- Make this recipe a bit healthier by substituting ground turkey or ground venison
- Don’t cook the sauce down too much. You want your sandwiches to be “sloppy”
- If sauce becomes too dry, or to heat up leftovers, add a bit of water to thin the sauce down.
- Reheat sauce by adding a bit of water and warming in microwave until hot.
- Leftovers can be stored in refrigerator for 3 days.
- Leftovers can be frozen up to 3 months.
- Use any bell pepper you like, green, red, yellow or orange.
- Toast your buns. The bun will become too soggy too quickly if it’s not toasted.
- Add cheese if desired. Melt.
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Homemade Sloppy Joes
- Place beef in hot, heavy bottom pan. Brown beef in two batches. Breaking up beef as it browns. Set aside.
- Once beef is browned add onions, garlic, celery and peppers, if using, to the same pan over low heat to soften.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Turn heat to medium and heat through. Can be simmered on low for a long time, if desired. Add water if sauce becomes too thick, and then cook some of the water out of it.
- Serve on toasted buns.