Quick Tangy Sloppy Joes Recipe

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I adjusted three different recipes to come up with this one. Kids like the tangy taste and request the sandwiches for birthday parties.—Anna Adams, Chatsworth, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red or green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 314 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 935mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, red pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender; drain.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt; stir into beef mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sloppy Joes in Country Woman September/October 2003, p35

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Shoes58 132284
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"so much better than manwich !!!"

tllamar4 65595
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Made it for dinner tonight. Was easy and absolutely delicious!"

eli05 49297
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"perfect just the way it is. My husband isn't that crazy about sloppy joes, but he loved these!"

brbrown96 55534
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This was very salty. Did I do something wrong? Next time I will only put 1/2 tsp of salt. I also would add just a bit more surgar, 1 clove minced garlic, and will use red wine vinegar instead of white. I did add about 1 1/4 c sweet baby ray's as well. I will make again, as I like using the ketchup base (I always have ketchup) but feel like I have altered the recipe so much I feel guilty saying it's the same recipe. I think cutting the salt will go a LONG way to make it better."

tamicarr 90189
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"I made it exactly per the recipe and it was delicious. Tangy but not too much - my picky husband liked it too. I will definitely keep this recipe and make again and again!"

needsomezzzs 129762
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"only used 1 tsp chili powder and 1 1/2 Tbsp chili sauce. Also added 2 Tbsp BBQ sauce. Whole family loved it. Will definately make it again. May add some cheese next time."

beachnutFL 90010
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"My family declared this the best sloppy joe recipe ever! We also added about 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce to the base recipe. It was so tasty!"

vancik 72837
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This was so easy and delicious, too! My kids like a little BBQ kick to their sloppy joes, so I threw in a 1/4 c. Sweet Baby Rays as well. Enjoy!"

lurky27 72836
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2010

"This is the best sloppy joes recipe I've ever made. Packed with flavor! We'll be making this often.

~ Theresa"

anndino 136556
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"Very good and didn't have tomato paste in it, an ingredient I am usually out of when I need it."

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