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sloppy joes

Whoa dudes, this is good. Really, really good. For some reason I’ve been fixated on finding a homemade Sloppy Joe recipe that doesn’t make me miss the nostalgic feels of a good ole’ can of Manwich. It’s a quest I’ve been on for some time and am happy to report back that I’ve finally found a delicious recipe that I will be making for all my future Sloppy Joe needs. The original recipe is from the Pioneer Woman, but I’ve made some tweaks to make it my all time favorite, bestest, most kick ass Sloppy Joe situation. Seriously, give this a go – it’s tangy, sweet, and has a spicy kick – I’m in love.


Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 8*
*I halved the recipe and it was perfect for Dave & I with leftovers

2 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 large diced green bell pepper
1 medium sized sweet onion, diced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
5 cloves minced garlic
2 tbs packed brown sugar
2 tsp chili powder, or more as needed
1 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 onion rolls

Start by browning the ground beef in a large pot over medium-high heat, then drain off the fat.

Next add in the chopped green peppers and onions and stir. Add 1 cup of water, the ketchup and the garlic. Stir to combine, then add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well, and then cover and simmer over medium-low heat, about 20 minutes.

Brown the onion rolls on a griddle until lightly toasted, then slap on a big heaping pile of the Sloppy Joe mix and eat!



8 thoughts on “sloppy joes

  1. Hi Annie, my gang loves sloppy joes!!! I make a sloppy joe appetizer using biscuits (Pillsbury refrigerated ones) I cut them in half, roll each half out, fill with delicious sloppy joe mixture, fold them over, use a fork to close the seam, make a small slit in the top, put on a non stick sheet pan, oven temp 375 F and bake those babies for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Those suckers fly off the platter! I usually make a bunch and freeze them also to have when company is here. Let me say my favorite roll/bun is an onion roll-it speaks too me!!! Nice job! Cheryl

  2. We love Sloppy Joes too! We cannot eat the Manwich out of the can anymore. Tastes weird! Fresh is so much better. This recipe is similar to the one I have. I bet the onion rolls set it off!

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