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Classic Sloppy Joes


Soft sandwich buns work best with this classic kid-friendly recipe -- as do chips and pickles. The beef mixture can also be served over pasta.

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  • Servings: 4
sloppy joes

Photography: Clive Streeter

Source: Everyday Food, November 2003


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

  2. Add ground beef to skillet. Cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes.

  3. Stir tomato sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce into beef mixture in skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes.

  4. Season the mixture with more salt and pepper, as desired. Spoon onto buns, and serve immediately.

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  • Julie000
    5 FEB, 2014
    Great Sloppy Joes. Not too spicy, and even my picky four year old who doesn't eat anything "funny" tried these and liked them! I'm so excited that we have a new dish in our lineup. I did make just a couple changes because I was afraid there would be too many veggies visible, or that it would be too flavorful for my picky I added only 1/2 of an onion, 1/3 of the bell pepper, and 1 garlic clove. Granted, this recipe is a little more bland than Manwich, but only a little, and just tastier
  • buque01
    6 MAY, 2013
    I use half spaghetti sauce and half ketchup.With either ground beef or Boca crumbles. Sometimes I put it on a pizza with grated cheese. No complaints.
  • jjjggg
    11 APR, 2013
    I personally felt this was incredibly bland. I guess it would be a good meal for picky kids, but for adults that like some flavor I would not recommend this recipe. I added a bunch of chili powder and some leftover taco seasoning, so it turned out to be pretty good, but without that it tasted like straight tomato sauce.
  • AnneWol
    11 JAN, 2013
    You didn't say to drain the fat and I know many people who like grease, but not in this house, it really has to go!
  • Barbkk
    17 FEB, 2011
    I made this on a cold winter night and it "hit the spot". The recipe is easy and delicious. I added a half capful of vinegar to mine to give it a little bite.
  • annadanielle
    17 OCT, 2010
    I think the recipe is plenty sweet as is...I added some diced jalapeno to amp up the flavor, and it turned out delicious!
  • CharlieMil
    5 OCT, 2010
    I think this recipe is great. If you want a little more sweetness, just add brown sugar to your desired taste. I tried Rachel Ray's recipe and think this one is far better.
  • Scarls17
    17 AUG, 2010
    Yum! So good. Definitely give it time to thicken, but they have a great taste.
  • Scarls17
    17 AUG, 2010
    Yum! So good. Definitely give it time to thicken, but they have a great taste.
  • lasaunda
    1 FEB, 2010
    This was delicious, ONCE I added more to it. I used Bobby Flay's recipe and added brown sugar, ancho chile powder and honey. Thank goodness I tasted it before I served it! Once I added the extra ingredients, it was great!