Grandma's Sloppy Joes

Grandma's Sloppy Joes


"My grandma gave me this recipe last year. My co-workers are always asking me to make it for them. The ground cloves add that special flavor"


55 m servings 429 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 429 kcal
  • 21%
  • Fat:
  • 16.2 g
  • 25%
  • Carbs:
  • 47g
  • 15%
  • Protein:
  • 24.9 g
  • 50%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 69 mg
  • 23%
  • Sodium:
  • 1648 mg
  • 66%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the ground beef, onion, and green pepper. Cook until beef is browned, and drain off excess grease. Stir in the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup and mustard, and season with cloves and salt. Simmer for 30 minutes on low. Serve on hamburger buns.


  • Note
  • If you double the recipe, you do not need to increase the vinegar.
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  1. 292 Ratings


This is my first time making sloppy joes since no one in my family is a big fan. I added everything except the cloves since other reviewers seemed turned off by them and I only had whole cloves ...

I have made many recipes from this site, but until now I have never rated nor reviewed one. I felt I just had to rate and review Grandma's Sloppy Joes because of the mixed feelings of other revi...

Sorry, we didn't enjoy this at all. I made it exactly as stated, but used a sprinkling of cloves, I can't imagine using more than that. It was very ketchupy and sweet. Very thick so I tried to t...

This was a very rich and delicious sloppy joe recipe. I used half bbq sauce and half ketchup like some other reviewers. I also put a slice of monterey jack cheese on the sandwich and it was gr...

my mother in law's recipe is similar to this one.. it is wonderful.. one suggestion.. use ground all spice instead of cloves..

Yum! I was looking for a quick recipe at the last minute and this came through with flying colors. Love it and best of all my husband said the sandwich was delish! So much better than from a ...

This recipe was good- classic sloppy joes. I was afraid to add a half tsp of cloves so only added 1/4- but didn't need to worry as the cloves couldn't be tasted at all. Will add the whole amount...

While I liked ths recipe, I thought there was too much clove. I only put in a 1/4 tsp. like other readers did, but next time I'll put in an 1/8. I also added some petite diced tomatoes, with the...

This was really good, although I omitted the peppers. Perfect if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, fast, and easy.