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Super Sloppy Joes Recipe

Super Sloppy Joes Recipe

Mother made these fresh-tasting sloppy joes many times when I was growing up. She passed the recipe on to me when I got married. My brother-in-law says they're the best sandwiches he's ever tasted. And he ought to know—his name is Joe! —Ellen Stringer, Bourbonnais, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min. YIELD:10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1-2/3 cups canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 8 to 10 hamburger or hoagie buns, split


  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, onion, celery and green pepper until meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain.
  • 2. Stir in the next nine ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each bun.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions cooled meat mixture in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth / water if necessary. Yield: 10 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 sandwich: 306 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 473mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

Reviews for Super Sloppy Joes

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katecrid47 User ID: 7098019 254304
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2016

"These were very tasty. I had to omit the green pepper but still very good! Thank you for sharing!"

Skylark1941 User ID: 1135358 244614
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2016

"I made this recipe the other night, and my husband and I both really liked it! There was just a tad too much brown sugar, so I'll cut back on that to 1 tbsp., but I definitely will make this again! This recipe made 6 sandwiches on whole wheat buns. It reminds me of sloppy Joes my mom used to make for us many, many years ago!"

gingerooney7 User ID: 5278019 241944
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"These. Are. Awesome. Best sloppy joes ever!"

Birgit User ID: 310128 239893
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2015

"This is THE BEST Sloppy Joe not hesitate, try will become one of your family go to recipes!!!!!"

Susie77 User ID: 98373 236842
Reviewed Nov. 6, 2015

"These are great! I substituted ground turkey for the beef, and upped the seasonings to my taste. I used finely diced tomatoes rather than the crushed. Don't tell Mr. Finicky, but I also added some finely-shredded carrots. Very good recipe, with a bit of tinkering."

Bonnie.Mae User ID: 6116224 233919
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Too bland for us."

Bajaspeed User ID: 6369857 232949
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"I thought it was ok and our kids did not like it at all."

Makeitsimple2 User ID: 5754292 227646
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"Loved it as is!."

Snowpuppy User ID: 5991256 226556
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"I tripled everything from the ketchup to the mustard. We all loved it. Much better than canned. It wouldn't have hurt to use more onion and peppers. It looked like it made a huge batch but the four of us scarfed 3/4 of it in one sitting. Awesome recipe!"

bwilkin User ID: 3339114 220965
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2015

"Very disappointed that this did not have more flavor. Even with all the seasonings in it, it still just tastes like hamburger with ketchup on it. Won't make this one again."

gunslinger User ID: 544392 214561
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014 Edited Sep. 10, 2016

"Very tasty! My husband said it was much better than canned sauce!"

dzz1qy User ID: 6636475 72046
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

"Little bland so I added some chipolte pepper seasoning."

SherryAB User ID: 7828674 33279
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2014

"I remember a similar recipe that I used to serve my family many years ago with garden produce of peppers, celery, tomatoes, tomato juice, onions and garlic...we used to freeze a lot and even canned all the ingredients except the meat, then added fried hamburg to a jar when we wanted sloppy joes, it was delicious."

twolfe1981 User ID: 7708445 71042
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2014

"This was SOOO good! Everyone loved it and we will never eat Sloppy Joes any other way!"

Grace1018 User ID: 7559734 49779
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2014

"This was wonderful! I followed all instructions. I served with Texas Toast and cooked carrots. Will make again! Thank you!"

zookeeperk User ID: 819663 51972
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2014

"This is a keeper! Because it makes 10 servings I freeze the remaining portions in 1/2 cup servings. My husband knows they are there waiting in the freezer for when he needs a quick and yummy sandwich."

mariak024 User ID: 7294125 54518
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2014

"I thought this was very bland. I'll definitely need to add some additional seasoning the next time around.. all I could taste was the ketchup. I was a bit disappointed given the high rating of the recipe."

kykim User ID: 7350005 51971
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2014

"This is really good. I loved it, my husband said he liked the stuff out of a can better....he ain't rating it, I think it is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!"

vamanchef User ID: 4352397 25950
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"I thought this was a little bland so I added a tsp of Cajun seasoning and a little cayenne pepper. Then I thought it was great."

kknight65 User ID: 2181283 33261
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I've been using this recipe for several yrs & its the BEST !!! Have made this for reunions, pot lucks, family gatherings, etc. & works well in crock pots on warm for whenever you just need another sandwich. Any left overs freeze well ..only sloppy joes I will make."

JeannineMarie User ID: 663271 28959
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"These are really good. My recipe is very similar we use tomato soup instead of the crushed tomatoes. Not sure which I like best and I love mine - so that says how much I liked them. Do need to use a bakery bun though for both as they are juicy. To crysmitchell, if you want more zip try adding more of the ground mustard. I add a bit more because I like it a bit more tangy."

Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 20151
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"I've been making this for my family since it was first published in TOH, & it's a favorite with all 8 of them! I use Heinz 57 steak sauce, & double the garlic salt. I'm not much of a sloppy joe eater, but even I enjoy these!"

crysmitchell User ID: 5044355 71040
Reviewed Jan. 12, 2014

"I was excited to try this recipe with all the rave reviews. I was disappointed. I thought it was bland, dry and needed some zip. It was quite a bit of labor for the outcome."

suzi-zee User ID: 7577648 49776
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"I have been looking for a sloppy joe recipe for years that my husband would like. He has always been "no fan of sloppy joes". Well . . . he gave me a high five after eating two and asked for another, needless to say it IS the best recipe ever! I did not put green pepper in and only had a can of minced tomatoes instead of crushed, still turned out perfect and great flavor. Thanks!"

mamoonis User ID: 1665915 28958
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2013

"Very tasty. Husband loved them. Really messy though, had to eat with a fork. Maybe I'll try hotdog buns or pita bread instead next time. Definitely my new go to recipe."

Cape May Connie User ID: 2596461 25653
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"I can't count the number of times that I have prepared this recipe. My husband loves it and frequently requests it. I do add more brown sugar and just use cider vinegar. The recipe as it appeared in the April/May/99 issue of TOH just called for vinegar. I often add more steak sauce and have tried a variety of steak sauces with equal success. My old magazine is pretty beat up from using this recipe so much!!!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 70049
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2013

"Excellent! My husband advised our tried and true recipe should be replaced with this one. He's still raving the morning after."

angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 28953
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2013 Edited Jul. 12, 2013

"I've tried so many sloppy joe recipes that I didn't like that I was beginning to think I just didn't like sloppy joes as much as I remembered. Admittedly, I did make a couple of changes but they were minor...eliminated green peppers and steak sauce. Now this is what I remembered from my childhood! :)"

Igraine32 User ID: 7006585 86424
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

"This is some serious comfort food"

apeabrain User ID: 1058204 203092
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"forgot to leave the stars"

apeabrain User ID: 1058204 51970
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"No need to change anything in this recipe, it is the best I've ever had! I usually make a double batch to take to parties, and I always come home with an empty pot."

kmk1955 User ID: 6482151 49774
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2013

"I made this for a get together where many sloppy joes recipes have been served in the past. They were a hit, and I am now the go to person for the sloppy joes."

maskuslm User ID: 1011802 65448
Reviewed May. 29, 2013

"Absolutely the best sloppy joe recipe published anywhere."

Butchie59 User ID: 5919606 72045
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"I have made basically this same recipe. With a couple exceptions that I think are better. The ground beef has to be fried and mashed with a potato masher to get rid of the lumps of meat. The secret to a good taste is lots of celery and onion and bell pepper. Don't measure. Cut as much as you want. no ketchup, no Worchester, no steak sauce, no paprika. Brown sugar is a must but more like up to 1/4 cup, to taste. Vinegar the same as the sugar. These two make the great taste. Taste & add, taste & add. I use tomatoe puree (the good kind, not store brand) big difference. Simmer 45 - 60 minutes UNCOVERED. Let us know how you like it. OH! It is better the next day. So when I know I need this for an event, I always make it a day ahead and refrigerate it. Strange but true!"

kissimmeegirl1 User ID: 6242950 25857
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"This is a great recipe. My family loved the taste of these Sloppy Joes.Better than buying the Sloppy Joes in the can. I will make these again, and never buy anything else in the stores. --Cindy Monerde, Kissimmee, Florida"

SimpleFoods User ID: 7160373 25610
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2013

"Also delicious on a baked potato! Talk about "loaded"!"

adbjw6ab User ID: 3369434 72035
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"Finally found a recipe that tastes like the sloppy joes served at high school. Love this recipe and will be making it from now on."

12653 User ID: 7121459 49762
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2013

"This recipe hit out of the park with my family .There were no left overs."

Maiden Faire User ID: 5247517 70047
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"Thank You. I look forward to making this. I loved sloppy joes as a kid but do not like canned sloppy joe sauces. Been looking for a good recipe for awhile. This sounds Delicious (sans green peppers)."

naduah User ID: 6774175 51969
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"This can be made vegetarian just by using 2 packages of Morningstar Burger Crumbles. It works very well, because all the ingredients melt together. Nobody would even know their isn't meat in it!"

bettswe User ID: 6756528 33260
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"I found this recipe in an issue of Taste of Home several years ago. It has become my favorite recipe and I have had to recopy it several times because of the worn and splattered edges."

dihiggins User ID: 4211406 25609
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"Great recipe! It just needed a few fixer uppers. No steak sauce or ketchup and garlic powder instead of salt. Drop the paprika and it sings."

Weems Grnadma User ID: 4304001 28951
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"Sweet. This younger generation likes thing sweet. I doctored it after following recipe by adding a massive dollop of hot sauce. Hamburger rolls are now sweet, dairies add sugar to milk to please modern taste, even mayo is now sweet. Guess I am an old lady who prefers the taste to be savory not sweet."

pattibourey User ID: 3847259 86415
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2013

"We have been enjoying these sloppy joes since the recipe came out in the 2000 Taste of Home yearly book. They are the best we have ever had!!"

DoggieMom2 User ID: 5596773 33257
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2013

"This is my go-to sloppy joe recipe. It's the only one I make. Tastes even better the day after."

Kathy Brewer User ID: 2651422 65446
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2013

"Used this recipe for a wedding reception. It was very tasty."

shannonlady User ID: 4745910 28943
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2013

"Best sloppy joes I have ever had. It was the perfect blend of ingredients. I have passed this recipe on to my friends."

paulette18 User ID: 3530516 203091
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2012

"I use to be a "canned" sloppy joe fan. I wanted to try something from scratch cuz I grew out of the "canned" mix. Made this for a family Packer game get-together and it disappeared. I didn't think it was difficult to make. Will definitely make this again :)"

tstreich User ID: 1042559 25840
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2011

"This is great! Like others said, not too sweet, not too tangy, perfect! I did err when I tried to half the recipe and didn't half the sauce. Perfect! I think it would be too dry without double sauce. I didn't have crushed tomatoes, so I basically crushed/pureed 2 cans of diced (drained) plus 2 chopped/seeded tomatoes. I'll keep it that way because that's what I usually have on hand. I also put the onion, celery and green pepper in the food processor. My daughter who hates all three didn't even know they were in there. I added a sprinkle of pepper and garlic powder, but other than doubling sauce, used all ingredients as listed. Took to a family gathering and got many compliments."

Lis71 User ID: 6072442 54516
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"this is my family's favorite sloppy joes recipe"

pschube User ID: 2658481 25604
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2011

"Delicious! Such a fresh taste!"

skyburke User ID: 1072545 51968
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"not too sweet, just right!"

pschube User ID: 2658481 51967
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2010

"Very fresh taste! Delicious!"

mrssarge User ID: 2654969 86414
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2009

"This sloppy joe recipe was excellent. Loved it! I added an extra couple of squirts of ketchup and an extra tbsp of brown sugar and they turned out perfectly!"

LadyBabs User ID: 3266680 70046
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2009

"I love Sloppy Joes and have tested many recipes over the years but this is my absolute favorite. You can tweek the ingredients to suit your taste if you like but I like this just like it's written."

MY REVIEW User ID: 2474527 25838
Reviewed Jun. 9, 2009

"I LOVE this recipe. It is a fantastic blend of flavors, and my very picky family loves them. It isn't often that they ask for repeats in my adventures in recipes, but this one is definitely a keeper."

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