Sensational Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Sensational Sloppy Joes Recipe

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"I’ve always liked sloppy joes but was feeling that my own recipe lacked character. Then a co-worker shared hers with me, and I guarantee I’ll never go back! Grape jelly adds a hint of sweetness to this fun, flavorful mixture, but I often use more than called for because my husband likes his extra sweet," shares Jessica Mergen from Cuba City, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 5 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 330 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 955mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the soup, ketchup, jelly, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and celery seed. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through. Serve on buns. Yield: 5 servings.
Originally published as Sensational Sloppy Joes in Simple & Delicious September/October 2006, p35

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Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I loved the different flavors going on in this recipe! Very unique and of course, much better than the canned stuff with very little prep time."

Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"This recipe is great and so easy. My husband used to eat the sloppy joe stuff from a can but once I made this he never went back (could be I refuse to buy the stuff). It is so yummy that when I make it I usually double the recipe and freeze half for later."

Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"This is my go to sloppy joe recipe, very kid friendly since it is on the sweet side. I usually leave out the celery seed and make it with ground turkey instead of beef. I sometimes make a larger batch and freeze it in ziploc bags and reheat in the crockpot for a quick, easy dinner."

Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"EXCELLENT! I forgot the celery seed. omitted the salt."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. We've been making it for years now. It is a bit sweet, I make a spicy sloppy joe recipe too when I'm feeling bold. However, this is our go-to family recipe 99% of the time because our 4 year old just loves it and he isn't much of a meat eater so this recipe is a keeper for us!"

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