Ozark Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Ozark Sloppy Joes Recipe

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Years ago, my family operated a snack boat on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. These popular Sloppy Joes were a hit with hungry boaters. —Michele Delanty, Sunrise Beach, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 274 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 2 lean mea


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the sugar, flour, seasonings, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Ozark Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home October/November 2008, p72

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Reviewed Mar. 7, 2014

"this is a favorite in my family! I usually do whichever pepper we have too... Its fine without worcestershire sauce as well. Also I usually add a bit extra of the cayenne pepper...:)"

Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"From the previous reviews I was really looking forward to trying these. The recipe is really bland. I had to add more salt & it was still lacking any real flavor it just left your mouth a little warm but had no spicy "taste". Yuck."

Reviewed Apr. 28, 2012

"These are just delicious. The only thing I changed was that I added a little catsup to the simmering meat. It was wonderful, and my husband says this should be on our table often. Left overs make for a good lunch the next day too."

Reviewed Apr. 9, 2012

"This recipe was pretty easy/fast to make and tasty -- seemed like it could have used more kick though, so I think I'll add in more chili powder next time."

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2012

"Best sloppy joes we have ever had! Deleting all my other recipes for sloppy joes from my files!"

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