Family-Pleasing Sloppy Joe Sandwiches Recipe
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Family-Pleasing Sloppy Joe Sandwiches Recipe

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My grandchildren love these sandwiches. I like the recipe because it can be made ahead of time and keeps well in a slow cooker. I've found that it freezes well, too. —Patricia Ringle, Edgar, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 8 sandwich buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 441 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 1016mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 3g fiber), 28g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the ketchup, water, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, chili powder and allspice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until heated through.
  2. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each bun. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Family-Pleasing Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p18

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Maria User ID: 9041640 259803
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2017

"Delicious and easy. In order to avoid using sugar, I did use about 1/2 cup sweet yellow/orange pepper and sauteed those with the onions just a few minutes before adding the beef. Then, instead of white vinegar, I used apple cider vinegar. Doing both of those added enough natural sweetness that I didn't need to use any sugar. And per other reviews, I did add 2 teaspoons of Worcestershire. I've also made this recipe with 1/4 teas marjoram and 1/4 teas smoked paprika for a bit more flavor. Great either way!"

Kelly User ID: 8968344 256798
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2016

"wanted to make sloppy joes but didn't have any canned stuff. Found this recipe and had everything on hand. Only thing I did different was add some worschesiter 2 teaspoon. I was Leary of the all spice but it just added a different layer of flavor. No more canned for me. My family loved it"

Debglass11 User ID: 6300479 256438
Reviewed Nov. 5, 2016

"My family loved this recipe! I made it in my slow cooker! Browned the ground beef and onion on stove top setting in my cooker, then added the other ingredients and cooked on low for about four hours. I omitted the allspice and did add a few dashes of worcestershire sauce. Made it for Halloween and it was a hit! Doubt I will ever used canned sloppy joe sauce again. This one's a keeper!"

xxcskier User ID: 1136353 255312
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"My family really enjoyed this! It's a little sweet but both kids and adults enjoyed this at my house. This would be a crowd pleaser for sure! I'm making it Halloween night so when everyone comes in from the cold NH weather we all have something warm!"

dmkinsey User ID: 5897555 253580
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2016 Edited Oct. 19, 2016

"My family really likes this recipe. We've made sloppy joes other ways, but this is the recipe I've come back to several times now. I'll keep making my sloppy joes this way -- good recipe!"

Ilovematty User ID: 8607813 243023
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"Very good. Will definitely make again. Left out the salt. Plenty in the catchup."

pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 229029
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2015

"Not a whole lot of flavor. I probably won't make this again unless I'm in a real pinch."

lindallang User ID: 4226578 225181
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2015

"It was nothing special."

sjmdam User ID: 4248228 225057
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2015

"really good I don't like man-wich canned stuff. This is not even close to it! have to try this recipe."

HEXA User ID: 7635575 220756
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2015


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