Sloppy Joes (from scratch!)

Let’s take a minute to acknowledge the sheer quantity of sloppy joes we have consumed in the Jackson household this summer in pursuit of the perfect joe.

IT HAS BEEN A LOT. I would say we are bordering on being joe-d out, but I just don’t think that’s possible.

Sloppy joes from scratch | An easy recipe for homemade sloppy joes with no ketchup! It’s the perfect quick and cheap meal to feed a crowd.

Sloppy joes are the perfect summer sandwich, and I love them for so many reasons. To name a couple:

  • That scene in It Takes Two where they have a food fight with sloppy joes is one of my all time favorites. So many of the best things about the 90’s in one place.
  • Growing up, we almost never ate ground beef at home, and to this day, it still feels special-occasion to me.

So here is what I’ve landed on as the perfect sloppy joe. It’s quick and easy to make; it’s sweet, a little spicy, a little smokey; and it’s very, VERY sloppy.

Sloppy joes from scratch | An easy recipe for homemade sloppy joes with no ketchup! It’s the perfect quick and cheap meal to feed a crowd.

Like, serve these with a side of wet wipes.

All those casual summer vibes are here. This is low-key fare for a quick dinner to feed hungry people, or to make for a backyard party crowd.

Sloppy Joes

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Brown the beef with the onions, bell pepper, and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drain well.
    Stir in the crushed tomatoes, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, chili powder, Worchestershire sauce, and salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, until thickened. Serve on toasted buns.
Sloppy joes from scratch | An easy recipe for homemade sloppy joes with no ketchup! It’s the perfect quick and cheap meal to feed a crowd.
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