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Classic Sloppy Joes

Recipe photo courtesy of Clive Streeter

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.

Source: Everyday Food, November 2003
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How would you rate this recipe?
  • lmlewis11212
    30 DEC, 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!
  • 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.

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