So-Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe
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So-Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe

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Everybody in the family will love the zesty, fun flavor of this simple staple. (Try it spooned over warmed corn bread if you don’t have buns.) —Karen Anderson, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 sandwich buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1 bun with 2/3 cup beef mixture equals 478 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 918 mg sodium, 49 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Serve on buns.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve on buns.
    Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Simple Sloppy Joes in Simple & Delicious June/July 2010, p22

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Reviewed Jan. 29, 2016

"These are really good. Love that the recipe uses rotel for a bit of kick."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015 Edited May. 19, 2016

"Very quick and easy to make. The taste is a little too tomato-ey, but definitely a good option when you need a quick meal."

Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"Made these for Halloween and everyone loved them! I doubled the recipe, still turned out great. Also I added Worchestire (spellling) sauce."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"My family LOVES this. All I add is a slice of cheese for my picky 5 and 8 year old boys and they eat it up! We eat this a minimum of twice a month... sometimes more if we are pressed for time. We usually use beef but occasionally use ground turkey instead."

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"This is not something i normally like. I always go ick if my family asks for sloppy joes. However that will no longer be the case. I wil be using this recipe from now on. It is WONDERFUL !!! Nice, fresh, flavorful taste ! thank you taste of home !"

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