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Classic Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Classic Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

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My mother-in-law created this recipe in the early 1950s. Our family likes these classic sloppy joes best served with pickles and potato chips.—Sharon McKee, Denton, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt or celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 bay leaves
  • 8 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 sloppy joe equals 248 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 28 mg cholesterol, 884 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 16 g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Uncover; cook 30-40 minutes longer or until thickened. Discard bay leaves. Serve 1/2 cup of meat mixture on each bun. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Sloppy Joes in 1-2-3 Meal Planner 2009, p32

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