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Classic Homemade Sloppy Joes

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour


8 servings

My mother-in-law created this recipe in the early 1950s. Our family likes these classic sloppy joes best served with pickles and potato chips.—Sharon McKee, Denton, Texas


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt or celery seed
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt or onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1-1/2 bay leaves
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Uncover; cook 30-40 minutes longer or until thickened. Discard bay leaves. Serve 1/2 cup of meat mixture on each bun.

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