Rating: 3.54 stars
327 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 85
  • 4 star values: 92
  • 3 star values: 84
  • 2 star values: 48
  • 1 star values: 18

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

Everyday Food, November 2003

Gallery

Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
4
Advertisement

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

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

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

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

Advertisement

Reviews (21)

327 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 85
  • 4 star values: 92
  • 3 star values: 84
  • 2 star values: 48
  • 1 star values: 18
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2017
I didn't use ketchup because it makes it too acidy like Manwich (I don't like). I added tbs brown sugar and followed the rest of the recipe. It was just right!
Rating: 5 stars
02/05/2014
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 boy...so 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
Rating: Unrated
05/06/2013
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.
Advertisement
Rating: Unrated
04/11/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
01/11/2013
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!
Rating: Unrated
02/17/2011
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.
Advertisement
Rating: Unrated
10/17/2010
I think the recipe is plenty sweet as is...I added some diced jalapeno to amp up the flavor, and it turned out delicious!
Rating: Unrated
10/05/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
08/17/2010
Yum! So good. Definitely give it time to thicken, but they have a great taste.
Rating: Unrated
08/17/2010
Yum! So good. Definitely give it time to thicken, but they have a great taste.
Rating: Unrated
02/01/2010
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!
Rating: Unrated
01/15/2010
Here's a link to the BEST sloppy joes I ever made: Rachel Ray Super Sloppy Joes: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/super-sloppy-joes-recipe/index.html. Trust me! This will become your new recipe.
Rating: Unrated
01/05/2010
I make these with boca burger crumbles and they come out perfect!
Rating: Unrated
09/30/2009
Made these last night! so good and lots of flavor!! Even my picky-eater boyfriend said this recipe was a keeper!
Rating: Unrated
09/16/2009
I exchanged the celery for 2 carrots and added a little Sriracha sauce for spice. I thought they turned out great and my kids 12 and 8 loved them
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2009
This brings back so many great school-hood memories.
Rating: Unrated
01/28/2009
If you don't have tomato sauce on hand you can substitute a 15-oz can of whole tomatoes pureed in the blender with a couple of tablespoons of tomato paste. If you're feeding a crowd (I tripled it) a 28 oz can of tomatoes with a small can of tomato paste was more than needed. (I froze the excess for use in spaghetti sauce.)
Rating: Unrated
12/24/2008
I add mustard and a little bit of brown sugar. Or molasses. Yum!
Rating: Unrated
09/15/2008
These are the best. Years ago I used to think Sloppy Joes could only be made with packaged spice mixes. (Which I had to stop using when I developed a fatal allergy to MSG.) I was ever so glad to find this recipe in my Everyday Food. Now I have friends and family both requesting this dish. It is great.
Rating: Unrated
04/17/2008
I also add steak sauce and mustard to my sloppy joes. Gives it more of that smoky tang flavor. Again, always a big hit with our family of 12 grandkids, one on the way.
Rating: Unrated
01/09/2008
Easy and delicious! I couldn't believe how quickly it cooked up too. The whole family loved this, even the toddlers.