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How to Make Sloppy Joes from Scratch

By Edited Jun 9, 2016 1 2

Homemade Sloppy Joes!

Making sloppy joes from scratch at home is simple and easy. The best part about making items from home is having control of better, healthier ingredients. This can lessen the amount of fat, chemicals and preservatives in your foods. This page features three different sloppy joe recipes.

Sloppy Joes Made From Scratch

Simple Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of chopped green bell pepper
  • 8 oz of tomato sauce
  • 1 medium-sized onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder

Brown and crumble the ground beef in a skillet, adding in the onion and green peppers to sauté. Drain the excess grease from the skillet. Add  in the tomato sauce and spices. Heat to a boil, then reduce the heat.  Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately on buns.

Be the Chef

Large Batch of Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced (optional)
  • 2 lbs of ground beef
  • 28 ounces of diced tomatoes with puree
  • 2 tablespoons of molasses
  • 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil for 4 to 5 minutes.  Add in the bell peppers to sauté. Crumble the ground beef into the skillet to brown with the sautéed vegetables. Once the meat has browned, add in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for 10 minutes.


Sloppy Joe Hero's: Something a bit different.

  • 1 lb of ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 16 ounces of pork and beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup of catsup

Brown the ground beef with the onions and green pepper. Drain the fat.  Add in the remaining ingredients. Bring the contents to a boil, then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Stir often. Serve these sloppy joes on hero rolls with lettuce.


Sloppy Joes from Scratch Tips:

  • To avoid soggy buns, toast the buns before adding the meat. Use a straining spoon to drain the excess liquid before placing the sloppy joe meet onto the bun. Serve as soon as possible. You might opt to use a harder style buns to avoid soggy buns.
  • Pickles are a great addition to the sloppy joe sandwich.
  • Some people add a bit of ginger in with their recipe. Other people will add some Worcestershire sauce. This can take the place of the molasses and vinegar in the large batch recipe.
  • Taste the onions you use before determining how much to put in a batch of sloppy joes. Some are much milder than others. Better safe than ruin the taste of the meat by an overly powerful onion. I prefer white onions.
  • You can substitute the ground beef for ground turkey. You can even use chicken meat to make your sloppy joes. Just boil some chicken, remove from the bone and dice up.  I like the beef the best, but have used ground turkey when dieting.


Nov 14, 2011 10:00am
My family really enjoys Sloppy Joes! These look like really good recipes and great tips!
Nov 14, 2011 1:30pm
Yummy recipe for sloppy joes.
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