Zesty Sloppy Joes Recipe
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Zesty Sloppy Joes Recipe

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For a big family gathering, these sandwiches are a hit. I have never served them without getting recipe requests. A fantastic blend of seasonings in a hearty sandwich means no one can eat just one. —Sandy Abrams, Greenville, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES:20-25 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 65 min.
MAKES: 20-25 servings


  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (15 ounces) thick and zesty tomato sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 20 to 25 hamburger buns

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 263 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein .


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add green pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns. Yield: 20-25 servings.
Originally published as Zesty Sloppy Joes in Taste of Home August/September 1995, p29

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mrssarge 4501
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"Best sloppy joe recipe ever. This is the only recipe I use. I add an extra pound of ground beef and only use 1 can of soup because I don't like my sloppy joes soupy. All other ingredient measurements I keep the same. I put in crock pot and let simmer all day. Sloppy joes are best when they are simmered all day so flavors can mesh together with the beef."

abenedict1964 199082
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2013

"Made this and canned in quart jars; this way hubby and I can have sloppy joes anytime we want, just heat & serve."

Sue Zappa 3795
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2013

"I made these for the first timeme for supper last night. I'm not much of a sloppy joes eater, but even I thought they were fantastic! They were a big hit with my whole family, including picky teen daughter. Loved the zesty tomato sauce; actually ended up using the Hunt's version made for chili & it was terrific. I'm going to use the leftovers tonight by topping Fritos with the sloppy joe mixture & sprinkling with cheddar cheese, heat, & sprinkle with lettuce & black olives. Thanks for the recipe."

magkel 199081
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"This has been my go to Sloppy Joe recipe for years. I make it for parties quite often and receive huge compliments. The only change I make is sometimes I swap out ground beef for ground turkey."

Wildflour 4473
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2013

"This worked perfectly for a large backyard function and would definitely make again and again!"

alecat 7765
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2013

"I make it every year for a halloween party... puts canned joe sauce to shame. It's very good."

nivo 7141
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2009

"it is wonderful."

blue mint 7111
Reviewed Apr. 6, 2008

"Great flavor"

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