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The Best-Ever Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes Recipe

The Best Sloppy Joes Recipe Is Quick, Easy, Economical, Nutritious and Delicious

Sloppy Joes. YUM. That is what I think when I think of our family's Best-Ever Sloppy Joes Recipe. It is fast and easy and devoured by every member of our family with absolutely no reservations and plenty of enthusiasm!

The name Sloppy Joes may sound awful to you but the recipe is for a wonderfully delicious comfort food that is perfect for a quick and easy dinner which also happens to be easy on the pocketbook. This version is actually a bit more nutritious than many sloppy joes because it has the addition of bell peppers and corn.

Just how fast is this recipe, Brenda? Well assuming you have basic cooking skills, you should be able to get this meal onto the supper table in about 25 minutes.And how many will it serve? The recipe makes four servings. That is enough for the four hungry members of our family although it does not make enough for leftovers for us or for seconds or thirds. (I have two teenage boys, it is possible that they would have seconds and thirds.) After writing up the leftover recommendations further down on this page, I have decided that the next time I make this recipe I will be doubling it. Once you are familiar with this recipe, you just might decide to do the same!

Sloppy Joe Recipe

1 onion chopped

1 clove garlic minced

2 bell peppers chopped (red is best but green is fine)

1 tbsp. vegetable or olive oil

1 pound of lean ground beef (some call it ground beef round)

2 tsps. chili powder possibly more

2 cups of spaghetti sauce preferably homemade but a jar will do

1 1/4 cup of frozen corn kernels

4 rolls

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min



  1. Add the ground beef, onion, garlic and peppers to a somewhat deep skillet or frying pan, stirring occasionally until the ground beef is cooked.
  2. Add the chili powder, corn and the spaghetti sauce.
  3. Cover and simmer on a low heat setting for 5 minutes.
  4. During the simmering time, toast your buns.
  5. Season the cooked mix with salt and pepper to taste. (I usually do not add salt.)
  6. To serve, spoon the meat mixture over the buns!

What Exactly Is A Sloppy Joe?

Wikipedia has a pretty basic definition of a sloppy joe. They say that "a sloppy joe is an American dish of ground beef, onions, sweetened tomato sauce or ketchup and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun." I would say that that is a pretty good definition; a little different but very similar to my recipe.

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  • Where Sloppy Is Neat - The New York Times
    To the rest of the country a sloppy Joe is that war horse of school cafeterias, ground beef drowned in a sweet tomato sauce and served on a roll. But in North Jersey it is a huge sandwich, which serves at least three, made with a variety of meats on

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How about you? Do you love sloppy joes?

RuthieDenise on April 25, 2014:

I love em! I have never made the homemade ones but it looks pretty easy so I think I will give them a try.

Meganhere on October 10, 2013:

My mother has made sloppy joes for my sons but I've never made them. Now I know why they love them!

LouisaDembul on February 13, 2013:

I have seen sloppy joes on tv.... but it sounds like something I love, sauce eaten with bread!

Judith Nazarewicz from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on November 14, 2012:

Great lens! My son is married with kids of his and still asks me to make sloppy joes!

Winter52 LM on July 16, 2012:

I haven't had sloppy joes in years and years. I think that it's about time to give them another try! :)

girlfriendfactory on July 03, 2012:

I never thought of adding corn to the recipe ~ interesting twist I'll have to try! I use julienne carrots though and that's good.This terrific lens is more than worthy of a Flyby Winging and it can be found among the other blessed lenses for today at Have Wings Will Bless More! They may call me an aimless wanderer, but not all who wander are aimless and I'm glad my aim was good when I wandered upon this. ~Ren

Chocolate Pickney from Jamaica on June 07, 2012:

I'm drooling all over this lens, it has surely stirred up my appetite

gradientcat on June 02, 2012:

I usually use a dried mix, but I think I'll try from scratch next time.

Dickstucki1 on May 28, 2012:

These sound great. Yum!

Natural_Skin_Care on May 03, 2012:

I loved Sloppy Joes growing up. My mom made the best. Thanks for a new recipe to try out.

Mary Stuart on May 02, 2012:

I love Sloppy Joes but haven't had one in awhile. Your recipe looks really yummy!

Rankography on April 18, 2012:

Wow, talk about a forgotten food. I love sloppy joes and probably have not had them in Ten Years. Thank you for the reminder!!

Find-Online on April 03, 2012:

Sloppy Joes are yummy... but, yes, messy. You thought of everything, even just the right apron to wear when making them and napkins to use when eating them. Great lens.

kindoak on March 31, 2012:

Slushburgers, what an amazing name for a meal. That commercial is also amazing hehe!

agoofyidea on March 26, 2012:

I love sloppy joes, but my husband does not, so I don't make them very often. Now I want sloppy joes again.

Rosaquid on March 19, 2012:

This lens brought back childhood memories. Thanks!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on March 07, 2012:

Yum is right! This recipe for Sloppy Joes sounds great! I love chopped dill pickles and onions on mine.

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on February 22, 2012:

I'm with you on the knife and fork ... I can't even imagine picking up a sloppy joe sandwich!

anonymous on January 18, 2012:

Good american staple dish for those of us with kids, they sure do love this stuff, including myself.

anonymous on December 06, 2011:

I grew up with Sloppy Joes in the 60's but it's hard to find that same exact taste today. Thank you for the lens. I'll have to try the recipe.

anonymous on November 14, 2011:

Thanks, you have great, quick recipes, and very exciting ways to create them.

Johanna Eisler on November 07, 2011:

I haven't thought of them for ages. But now I know what we're having for dinner. ;)

Ruthi on October 03, 2011:

Amazing! I had sloppy joes for dinner today! I had to see if your recipe has my favorite and sure enough, you added corn, just as I do.

anonymous on September 13, 2011:

great lens.

mockingbird999 on August 23, 2011:

It's been years since I've had one. Brings back memories.

Candlemakingsup on August 22, 2011:


Philipuk1983 on August 20, 2011:

Cool, never had a sloppy joe before, maybe I should try it

RetroMom on August 10, 2011:

Who wouldn't want that scrumptious meal! My family will definitely be loving dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing this yummy lens!

RecipePublishing on August 07, 2011:

My family loves these!

VoodooRULEs on August 06, 2011:

Heard of them? YES! Thought of them in the last 24 - 48 months no... But right now, I really WANT ONE!

Gordon N Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on August 06, 2011:

It may surprise you to know, Brenda, that up until about a fortnight ago, I had never heard of Sloppy Joes. I heard them mentioned on a TV programme, deemed to find out what they are and promptly forgot about them again until a couple of days ago. I am actually typing this as my own take on Sloppy Joe mix is cooking and I wish I had found this lens an hour earlier. Fabulous production and I will most definitely take your suggestions in to account whenever I next have a go at Sloppy Joes.

RecipePublishing on August 02, 2011:

Wow I'm hungry mow.

RecipePublishing on July 23, 2011:

Thanks for the ideas!

pawpaw911 on July 17, 2011:

Love them.

anonymous on July 01, 2011:

We love Sloppy Joes, and they're great with vegetarian "ground beef", too.

anonymous on June 27, 2011:

Its looking so delicious..Nice lens

kristymckeown on June 14, 2011:

this looks like a great recipe! we don't make sloppy joes nearly enough at home. I think we sometimes forget the easy things!

geisonono on June 04, 2011:

That recipe's not common on Brasil :) but it's just great!!Would you mind visiting my Lens: you!

phoenix arizona f on May 30, 2011:

I have actually tried this recipe before, it's awesome!

UKGhostwriter on May 19, 2011:


Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on May 17, 2011:

I used to fix Sloppy Joes for my kids a lot and they loved them. In a pinch, you can just make them by adding ketchup and a little mustard to scrambled hamburger. I like the idea of using spaghetti sauce...think I'll try it. :)

bames24 lm on May 09, 2011:

I definitely will try it out... I am a vegetarian so I guess I will modify the recipe somewhat but I am sure it will be great :)

deldobuss on May 02, 2011:

These look delicious and healthy for my family!

patriciapeppy on March 31, 2011:

didn't realize there was so much information out there about sloppy joes cool lense.

anonymous on March 21, 2011:

wow..nice recipe brenda...thankyou...

tssfacts on March 17, 2011:

I haven't had one of these in ages. You have given me an idea for lunch. Great job. Blessed by a SquidAngel. Happy St. Paddy's Day.

anonymous on February 28, 2011:

Spaghetti sauce and corn both took me by surprise but they make sense. I love sloppy joes and am ready to love yours.

Barb McCoy on February 14, 2011:

When I make sloppy joes, my teens say it is the best dinner every....go figure.Adding to my favorites, going to try the recipe, and leaving a special Angel blessing.

MargoPArrowsmith on January 27, 2011:

I never heard of adding corn, but it sounds like a nice touch. I have Rachel Ray's pans, in fact I am about to go cook my multi veggies breakfast in the big one! They are really great

joanv334 on January 27, 2011:

Thanks for sharing!

jojokaya lm on January 26, 2011:

Looks delicious....

hayleylou lm on January 20, 2011:

**Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel

gravityx9 on January 11, 2011:

I forgot to say..........the Sloppier, the BETTER!

gravityx9 on January 11, 2011:

I love sloppy-joes and haven't had once in a long time (since my kids left home) -I know what I'm making for dinner tonight! - even with leftovers, lunch tomorrow, too! btw, thx for stopping by my graduation lens! THUMBS UP for Sloppy Joes!

anonymous on December 08, 2010:

Thank you for making this page, sounds delicious, now i will have to make an extra trip to the store! :-)

kimbesa from USA on December 08, 2010:

Thanks! I've been wanting to make my own sloppy joe mix and here I found the tasty inspiration!

sousababy on November 01, 2010:

Ohh, I really like sloppy joe's...all the flavor of bar-b-qued red meat without all the chewing. With a really fresh salad and a decent sized sesame bun...hey, to me, it's gourmet food.

sousababy on October 29, 2010:

Ahh yes, a classic favorite around my house and the smell of them reminds me of the Bar-B-Que. Great lens, thanks for the tips.

Holley Web on October 05, 2010:

I love sloppy joes. We have enjoyed them as long as I can remember. This is an interesting recipe as I've never considered using corn. I'll try it! Now, I have to go cook because you've made me hungry :)

anonymous on October 01, 2010:

Living in the southern hemisphere sloppy joes have missed me completely. But I really like the sound of them. Can't wait to give them a try

NealBeam on September 29, 2010:

I absolutely LOVE Sloppy Joes! BUT I have 5 kids and none of them like it! Bummer!

anonymous on September 22, 2010:

A big family favorite around our house, with homemade fries.

JeffreyTymczak LM on September 18, 2010:

I loved Sloppy Joes! I rated it up!!! Great Job!!!Jeff

thesuccess2 on September 15, 2010:

I try to find something new on Squidoo everyday; and now I know what Sloppy Joes are

pylemountain1 on September 11, 2010:

I could eat sloppy joes every day! Emailing this lens to my wife - thanks!

triathlontraini1 on September 10, 2010:

Sloppy Joes.....MMmmmmmm tasty sloppiness....

stacy mcdaniel on September 08, 2010:

I love sloppy joes. It goes good with french fries or Doritos. Sounds good.

CelebStyle LM on September 07, 2010:

yum yum yum!....looks like I have a new idea for dinner tonight!

IntuitiveHealer on September 04, 2010:

What an awesome lens!! I must give this one a try. But without the cirn, I don't really like corn. I have Rachael's big orange book, too! ~~Jeanine

VarietyWriter2 on September 01, 2010:

Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

lasertek lm on June 27, 2010:

I like this recipe. I will definitely try this one and see how it tastes. Thanks for sharing.

marsha32 on April 21, 2010:

I would have to omit the corn out of your recipe, but otherwise it sounds great

ElizabethJeanAl on March 18, 2010:

I love Sloppy Joes. They're quick and easy, and they taste so good.Thanks for sharingLizzy

Sharon Berry from Michigan on March 01, 2010:

Yup, I love sloppy joes! But I must confess, I don't want a salad with mine, I want a big handful of potato chips and maybe some chip dip! Great lens and the spahgetti sauce idea is a great idea!

anonymous on February 24, 2010:

how fun! Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

flowski lm on February 17, 2010:

Thanks for the tasty recipe, these sloppy joes are the best ever!

YselThorn on February 10, 2010:

you just gotta love sloppy joes!!!

carredsal on February 01, 2010:

Wow! Sloppy Joe's I haven't had one in ages. I think it's time to make some. Thanks for the great lens reminding me how delicious they are.

Moe Wood from Eastern Ontario on January 28, 2010:

I'm definitely going to have to make this for DH. It's right up his alley.

rubyandmahoney on January 27, 2010:

Sloppy joes are one my go-to meals because I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand. We too, like them open-faced.

Danielle713 on January 15, 2010:

Great lens! Sloppy Joes are my sons favorite meal!

Seeking Pearls from Pueblo West on January 01, 2010:

I love sloppy joes and the recipe you have provided looks oh so yummy. Thank-you so much for stopping by with the last angel blessing. I am honored to be the recipient. Wishing you and your family "A Wonderfully Prosperous & Blessed 2010"

Diana Grant from United Kingdom on December 30, 2009:

I've never heard of sloppy Joes before, but that's because I'm English! I don't fancy it with rolls or buns, but it sounds good to eat with lots of other things like baked potato, pasta, wraps or tortilla shells.Interesting lens - I am still at the learning-and-copying-other-people stage.

Rhonda Albom from New Zealand on December 30, 2009:

I loved sloppy joe as a kid. One of those recipes I totally forgot about over the years. We will have to see if the girls like it now. Blessed by an angel.

Sami4u LM on November 21, 2009:

Hi Brenda,Question so what is the main difference between a sloppy joe and a maid rite? I have seen them in small town mom and pops restaurants on the menu and they seem to me as the same thing.ThanksSami

Shibamom LM on November 18, 2009:

Oh boy! I have some left over home made spaghetti sauce in my frig right now. Guess what we are having for dinner tonight? My kids LOVE sloppy joes, can't wait to hear how they like these.

Bemused in Tasm on November 07, 2009:

Reminds me of the sloppy joes I had when I was in grade school -- 55 years ago! Thanks. Lovely lens.,

David Lawrence from United States on October 05, 2009:

Nice lens! One small topic - one huge lens - impressive 5*****

anonymous on September 20, 2009:

5* and I am lensrolling on my Redneck Martha's Kitchen Tips lens. With love, Darcie

Adelie on July 28, 2009:

5* Will be making the joes for dinner tomorrow will let you know how it goes :)

Davidfstillwagon on July 22, 2009:

I haven't had a sloppy joe in years!terrific lens 5

Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on July 09, 2009:

I haven't had one of these in forever. We had them all the time growing up. Good luck with the new products you've added (the affiliate links you Squidcasted about)!

Samantha Lynn from Missouri on July 09, 2009:

Printed off the recipe & plan on making it this weekend, Thank you!

cookiefan on July 07, 2009:

I love simple home cooking, like this sloppy joes recipe best. And what a coincidence that you like to create Best-Ever Recipe lenses. My brother and I started a website called Best-Ever-Cookie-Collection more than a year ago and continue to work on it daily. Can't wait to try your sloppy joes!

Barbara Radisavljevic from Paso Robles, CA on July 04, 2009:

You reminded me they existed and we haven't had them for a while. Yum! Now if only I had some green peppers.

CoachingTeam on July 03, 2009:

Nice blog! :) I will try this hamburger tomorrow! thank you

Joan4 on June 29, 2009:

Congratulations on your purple star! These sloppy joes look fabulous! Yum!

anonymous on June 10, 2009:

When I was growing up in Scotland a "Sloppy Joe" was what you would call a T shirt. Great lens, thanks, PS: How about a vegetarian version

papawu on June 10, 2009:

I used to rerally love Sloppy Joes as a kid and I don't really know why I stopped eating them. I have to admit that it has been many years since my last Joe, but I definitely want one now. Like, Right Now!

Kate Loving Shenk from Lancaster PA on June 09, 2009:

I've made a great sloppy joe recipe using Tempeh (a soy product) instead of the beef--and it's a hit around our house, as well!!!****5 and Faved!!

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