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

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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."

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