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Super Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Super Sloppy Joes Recipe

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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.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
MAKES: 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

Nutritional Facts

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


  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.
Originally published as Super Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home April/May 1999, p27

Nutritional Facts

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

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Reviewed Jun. 9, 2015

"Loved it as is!."

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!"

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."

Reviewed Jul. 31, 2014

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

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."

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