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Sloppy Joes

In the past when I made sloppy joes I just used the store bought sauce.  It never occurred to me to make it from scratch.  One of my favorite cooking shows is Pioneer Woman.  She makes foods that I can really relate to, want to eat, and try cooking.  I don’t make it that often but I really do like sloppy joes.  I saw this recipe when looking at the Food Network app.  I’ve made a few small tweaks and every time I make it, it quickly gets ate up.   My family has given it a thumps up and it is pretty easy to make.

Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tbps butter or margarine
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbps brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • dash hot sauce
  • dash Worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • Hamburger buns or mini buns


  1. Melt 2 tbps of butter or margarine in a skillet.  Once melted add diced bell pepper and onion.  Once they are soft, add in garlic.  Cook for another few minutes, then add ground beef.
  2. Brown ground beef, then drain.
  3. Add beef, onion, bell pepper, and garlic mixture back into skillet.
  4. Add 1 cup water and ketchup and stir.
  5. Then add brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard.
  6. Add red pepper flakes, hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper to taste.
  7.  Stir all ingredients well, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes.
  8. To serve, spoon a good amount of the meat mixture onto a hamburger bun.  Serve with the side of your choice and enjoy.

I served mine with baked tater totes.  One day I used a regular hambuger bun and the next day I used mini buns.  It was delicious both ways and warmed up great the next day.  This recipe is so simple I’ll never buy the already made sloppy joe sauce in the can again.


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