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Ozark Sloppy Joes Recipe

Ozark Sloppy Joes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

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 meat

Reviews for Ozark Sloppy Joes

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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!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2011

"This is a flavorful recipe! I used a red bell pepper instead of a green pepper and it came out very well."

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011

"YUMMY! My hubby said these were the best sloppy joes he's ever had. I guess no more Manwich for our family! They were really good. I omitted the cayenne pepper because we didn't have any on hand. So, to make up for that, I just added a bit more salt, pepper, and chili powder to the recipe. Boy were they good!"

Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"These were excellent, not like your typical sloppy joe because they're not as sweet. They remind me of the old chopped beef sandwiches. It's cheap,easy and very good.

tom, connelly springs nc"

Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"Delicious! Nice to have sloppy joes that aren't overly sweet...just packed with flavor!

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2009

"A little too "hot" for my taste, so next time I may not put the pepper in it...or use celery instead of green onions. But my husband loved it!"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2009

"I have the same recipe,but 2 stalks of cut up celery in it.I agree with the sugar and the mustard."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2009

"I liked this recipe because I could taste the beef -- it was not disguised with too many flavors. I can't remember enjoying a sloppy joe this much!"

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2009

"Yummy. I added an additional Tbs of sugar and a Tbs of mustard."

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