Sloppy Joes Recipe

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This is a little spicier version of the traditional sloppy joes. They're easy to make and perfect for parties—the recipe could easily be increased.—Dorothy Wiedeman, Eaton, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 to 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 to 8 hamburger buns

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 212 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 676mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, celery, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the next 12 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Spoon onto buns. Yield: 6-8 servings (3 cups).
Originally published as Sloppy Joes in Country Ground Beef 1993, p16

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Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"My daughter made this for us. It was delicious. I would double or triple it so I could

put some in the freezer. Would save alot of time the next time I wanted it. My dh said we have to have this again."

Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"My mother recently passed away and took her Sloppy Joe (Cowboy Burgers, she called them) recipe with her. I have looked and looked to duplicate it, but to no avail until I found this recipe. It's not an exact match but SO DELICIOUS!! I definitely can live with this one. :)"

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"I love homemade Sloppy Joes, not using the McCormick packets. Not a fan of the taste or flavor so I was willing to spend alittle time making a sloppy joe receipe even if it wasnt super quick to prep. I found this receipe and although it has a ton of steps to it, all the ingredients involved with this receipe is necessary to create the delicious taste! The only con is there are A LOT of ingredients that go in it which requires a lot of measuring and much more added time to make. I wouldn't call this a quick one to make but I can assure you if you can invest the time to make it, you won't be sorry! It has a ton of flavor and taste delicious! Also I never need to simmer it for 1 hour, thats a bit too long and I found it almost burned it to the bottom of the pan so 45min max is all you need to cook it!"

Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Followed recipe exactly. It was the best sloppy joes I have eaten! My husband and son loved them. We will make these again."

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"I have tried lots of Sloppy Joe recipes but I have found this the best."

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