Homemade Sloppy Joes

No need to use store bought when you can make The BEST Homemade Sloppy Joes right at home. My recipe uses simple ingredients from your pantry for an easy ground beef dinner.

If you are anything like me, you are always looking for easy ground beef meal ideas for dinner. Busy weeknight dinners can become a challenge. One of my favorite recipes to make when I need a quick dinner is Sloppy Joes. I grew up with them on the dinner table quite often and even as a kiddo, I really liked them.

Sloppy joes open bun
I was looking through my blog and realized I had shared my Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes with you awhile back but I have not shared my traditional recipe for simple sloppy joes. Since I was needing to meal plan, I decided to add them to our menu this past week.

Sloppy Joes on plate with text
Many homemade Sloppy Joes recipes will call for tomato sauce, tomato soup, tomato paste, bbq sauce, there are so many different variations of the recipe. I keep my recipe quite simple with basic ingredients that I know I always have on hand. I use one skillet and it only takes about 25 mins or so to have on these sandwiches on the table.

Holding sloppy joes in hand
When my kiddos were little, I always bought Manwich sloppy joes in the can. That was way back before I started to enjoy cooking. Sure the store bought is very kid friendly but there is not any flavor in that can. Homemade Sloppy Joes are just as easy to make and no can is needed.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Season ground beef with steak sauce, onions and chili powder for Homemade Sloppy Joes kids will love. These Homemade Sloppy Joes are great for weeknights.


  • 1 1/2 lb  lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chop
  • 1 small red pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) Chili powder
  • 5 ml (1 teaspoon) dry mustard
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) Oil-Olive
  • 60 ml tomato-paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 250 ml (1 cup) chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) chili sauce
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) White vinegar
  • 30 ml (2 tbsp.) Brown sugar
  • 15 ml (1 tbsp.) Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 large hamburger buns
  • 8 hamburger buns
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) grated sharp yellow cheddar cheese

Instructions :

  1. In a large skillet, brown the meat, onion, peppers and spices in the oil. Salt and pepper.
  2. Add the tomato paste, garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute, stirring. Add the rest of the ingredients except the breads and cheese and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover and simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes. Adjust seasoning.
  4. Toast the buns and top with the meat and cheese mixture.


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