Favorite Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Favorite Sloppy Joes Recipe

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I've prepared these sandwiches for years. I've tried many sloppy joe recipes, but this one is the best by far. It also travels well for picnics or potlucks. —Eleanor Mielke, Snohomish, Washington
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 hamburger buns, split
  • 12 slices cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 0 calories, 0g fat (0g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 0g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 0g fiber), 0g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until beef is browned; drain. Add chili sauce, water, mustard and chili powder. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun; top with a cheese slice. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Favorite Sloppy Joes in Home-Style Soups, Salad and Sandwiches Cookbook 1996, p104

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"So easy, yet very tasty!"

Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014 Edited Mar. 19, 2014

"This was good. My husband, 6 and 8 year olds ate it up with no complaints which never happens! They all said how good it was-Would definitely make this again. Did add a diced onion amd minced garlic for added flavor."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Made this for my grandson. He loved it and wanted me to give his mom this recipe."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Made these today for two families to share. I cut the amount of mustard to 1 tablespoon, added a bit of ketchup and some horseradish for an extra kick. Dee-lish."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Very Good!!"

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