Classic Sloppy Joes

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins

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.


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • ½ 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

  • ¼ 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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    Clive Streeter
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