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 User ID: 7905288 244568
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

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

deerock User ID: 7499299 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 User ID: 5826120 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 User ID: 1280885 221192
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

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

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 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 User ID: 652335 159987
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

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

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 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 User ID: 1726882 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 User ID: 355688 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 User ID: 5207377 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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