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Simple Sloppy Joes Recipe

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My mom and I had fun creating this recipe together. My daughter Jennifer, could eat these sandwiches every day. It's a good thing the recipe makes a big batch! - Ona Allen, Huber Heights, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 12 hamburger buns, split and toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 300 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 740 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 19 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, onion and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato sauce and paste, ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce.
  2. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each bun. Yield: 12 servings.
Round out a hearty lunch featuring Simple Sloppy Joes with potato or corn chips and carrot slices.
Originally published as Simple Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p99

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Reviewed Jun. 9, 2013

"Our favorite sloppy joe recipe."

Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"I've made this several times. It goes together quickly and always gets rave reviews from my family. I like it served over homemade corn bread."

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Easy & yummy!

~ Theresa"

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