As we prepare for the next holiday season, I’ve been thinking about recipes that are suitable for the whole family. You know, the meals that your children insist on eating weekly.
Classic sloppy joes have always been a favorite of mine. There’s something inherently pleasant about the mix of sweet and salty flavors, as well as the messiness of it all! And I know you guys like them as well since I’ve had a slew of requests for sloppy Joe recipes in recent weeks.

I’ve been trying many sloppy joe recipes recently in the hopes of finding the ideal one. Some were very sweet, while others were overly hot. Guys, I’ve finally figured it out. It’s the ideal amount of everything. This sloppy joe recipe has the ideal balance of sweet, tangy, zesty, and savory flavors, as well as the proper texture and consistency.

Homemade sloppy-joes are really simple to prepare and can be prepared in a single pan in about 20 minutes. In a sweetened tomato/ketchup sauce, browned meat is combined with onion and green pepper and cooked until the beef is tender. Finding the correct flavor for the sauce is the key to success!


One tablespoon.Of salted butter.

One teaspoon.Of olive oil.

Ground beef, I used 500 grams.

A small green bell pepper, I minced it.

A medium minced yellow onion.

3 minced cloves garlic.

One tablespoon.Of tomato paste.

⅔ Cup.Of ketchup.

⅓ Cup.Of water.

Half a tablespoon.Of brown sugar.

A teaspoon.Of yellow mustard.

3/4 teaspoon.Of chili powder.

½ teaspoon.Of Worcestershire sauce.

½ teaspoon.Of kosher salt.

½ teaspoon.Of red pepper flakes.

½ teaspoon.Of black pepper.


Step 1:

In a large pan, I heated the salted butter with olive oil over MED/MED-HIGH heat until melted, and add in the lean ground beef, breaking it apart into crumbles while it cooked until the beef is browned for approximately 5 minutes, and I drained them in a colander after transferring.

Step 2:

After that, I added minced onions and bell pepper to the same skillet, and cooked them for 3 minutes until they were tender.

Step 3:

At this step, I added in the garlic and simmered for approximately 30 seconds, just until it was fragrant.

Step 4:

Following that, I returned the browned steak to the skillet and stir in the tomato paste, making a good stir to incorporate all ingredients together.

Step 5:

And for making the sauce, I combined the ketchup with water, half a spoon of brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, table salt, chili powder, red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a mixing bowl until well combined, mixing everything together well.

Step 6:

Finally, I cooked the sauce for around 15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened, after that, I remove it from the heat and serve with toasted buns on the side.


Before you start, toast your buns. Toasting the bread makes a significant difference and takes just a few minutes. Increase the heat to high beneath the skillet and add a drizzle of vegetable oil. When the oil is heated, add the buns and toast until golden. Place the toasted buns cut side up on a cooling rack to cool.

Keep an eye on the sauce to ensure it does not decrease excessively. When too much of the sauce is reduced, a dry sloppy joe mixture results. Everyone has their own preference, but I like to cook mine until I can see the chunks of meat, and when I run my spoon through the sauce, it creates a path where the sauce has divided. If the sauce seeps back into the path instantly, it is excessively liquidy. I want a few seconds before the sauce completely covers the path, which gives me a saucy but not too liquid consistency.

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