Tangy Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Tangy Sloppy Joes Recipe

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“I first tasted this recipe at a rehearsal dinner for a church Christmas program about 20 years ago,” writes Sharon De Roos of Elgin, Illinois. “It's the best sloppy joe mix that I have ever had and I receive many compliments, and of course, requests for the recipe!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 331 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1180mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein .


  1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, celery, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, chili sauce, sugars, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Tangy Sloppy Joes in Simple & Delicious March/April 2007, p45

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habenaroman 244568
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"Very good. My favorite but will leave out the vinegar next time. Wife says a little too tangy."

deerock 238561
Reviewed Dec. 1, 2015

"to sherri 928 hot sauce is not the same as chili sauce You can get a 12 oz bottle of Heinz chili sauce in the ketchup isle."

mamaknowsbest 232596
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2015

"Great recipe! I liked that it called for chili sauce, gave it just a slight tang. Even though I doubled the recipe, it was quickly eaten by a group of hungry teenagers! As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home, I enjoy making recipes that can be quickly assembled with ingredients I have on hand."

spraul 221192
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

"Love it! It's a family favorite - will never use canned again!"

lisa53202 160544
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"I made sloppy joes for years from the Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys & Girls recipe, but wanted to get away from using tomato soup. Have been trying many recipes, and my husband really likes this one--he said it has more "zip". So I will make this one now--thanks!"

2princesses2love 159987
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

"We love this recipe. Even our daughter who doesn't like this type of meal requests these often."

dawnrosanne 93154
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"These were so good! I didn't have any chili sauce on hand, so I substituted it for 4 TB of steak sauce. I really like how the celery gave the sloppy joes an extra crunch! Oh, I also added a binch of cayenne pepper, to give it more zip."

janeron 72554
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I made this and sloppy joesII from to compare. the only change was i used ground mustard in both. this should be called chilli sauce sloppy joes (sweet/tangy)and the other called the real thing sloppy joes. i liked the sloppy joes II the best but both were good.(salt in S.J. II used 1/2 tsp)"

Sherri928 159275
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"I couldn't find chili sauce. When I googled chili sauce, hot sauce came up as synonymous. I used hot sauce. OMG!!! It was TOO HOT!!! Unbelievable!"

montana3802 112920
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"I have tried dozens of sloppy joe recipes during my sixty five years, and this is the best! I am throwing away all the other tried and failed recipes. This is the one I've been looking for."

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