Homemade Sloppy Joes

73 Reviews 3 Pics
  • Prep

    15 m
  • Cook

    55 m
  • Ready In

    1 h 10 m
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“Despite the name of this iconic retro dish, the secret to a great sloppy joe is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows the sandwich to be eaten with your hands. Serve on hamburger buns.”

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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

  1. Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet. Turn heat to medium and cook and stir the mixture constantly until the beef is browned and forms small crumbles, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic and green bell pepper; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper. Add 1 more cup water and return mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.
  4. Season with salt , black pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste.

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Reviews (73)

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campari1
64

campari1

No more Manwich for my family! My family loved this recipie--I just added a splash of cider vinegar for an extra tang! Perfect. Thanks Chef John-Cant wait to try more of your recipies.

cindytalkon
34

cindytalkon

very yummy. homemade is so much better . Love this site !!!! i added celery diced real small and added the garlic in the beginning.. and the last cup of water ?? id do half that next time..using lean meat is the way to go !!

mama Pat
25

mama Pat

I have never been a fan of Sloppy Joes made from canned Manwich. But this recipe was great, the whole family liked it. I didn’t have brown sugar so used a little maple syrup. Sometimes you have to improvise and that’s ok.

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 251 cal
  • 13%
  • Fat
  • 11.9 g
  • 18%
  • Carbs
  • 14.4 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 21.5 g
  • 43%
  • Cholesterol
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 1002 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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