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Classic Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Classic Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1 hour YIELD:8 servings


  • 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. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 248 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 884mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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jetluvs2cook User ID: 1675049 264635
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2017

"Very good! I did add about 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard for more of a tangy Taste, but overall a very good basic recipe!"

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