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Favorite Sloppy Joes

I've prepared these sandwiches for years. I've tried many sloppy joe recipes, but this one is the best by far. It also travels well for picnics or potlucks. —Eleanor Mielke, Snohomish, Washington
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup prepared mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 12 hamburger buns, split
  • 12 slices cheddar cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and onion until beef is browned; drain. Add chili sauce, water, mustard and chili powder. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun; top with a cheese slice.

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  • erinshea1982
    Jun 26, 2020

    These were a different take on sloppy joes. We enjoyed them! The chili sauce gives a nice kick.

  • Philip
    Apr 3, 2020

    This is the best recipe for Sloppy Joes I’ve ever seen ! Yum yum ??

  • AllisonO
    Feb 11, 2020

    A really yummy, simple sloppy Joe! The chili sauce and mustard combo is delicious.

  • Renee
    Apr 28, 2019

    I made exactly according to directions. Except there was no mustard in the pantry except creole. So used approximately 1 tablespoon of mustard powder and the results were quite good my picky husband loved it.

  • Cindy
    Feb 13, 2019

    Wondered about all the water, but it works. I used 1/2 chili sauce and 1/2 ketchup. Second time I made it I doubled the recipe and froze the extra.

  • fmmslkl
    Apr 25, 2018

    Not worth making. I am not sure I can describe the taste of these but I can say for sure I will never make them again. I served these to a group of 8 friends and not one person liked them. Thumbs down on this recipe.

  • karenvk
    Jun 4, 2017

    Loved It! Best Sloppy Joe recipe I have tasted. I did change out one thing based on another review. Instead of using all the mustard, I used 2 TBSP each of mustard and ketchup. Although I'm sure it would have been good without the change the other reviewer's idea appealed to me and it was perfect! Thanks for the post!

  • Susan
    May 27, 2017

    I do not care for a sweet Sloppy Joe so this recipe is perfect! It is savory, a tad spicy and so delicious! It is definitely my favorite recipe for Sloppy Joes!

  • Bonneyblue
    Jan 20, 2015

    So easy, yet very tasty!

  • carrie carney
    Mar 12, 2014

    This was good. My husband, 6 and 8 year olds ate it up with no complaints which never happens! They all said how good it was-Would definitely make this again. Did add a diced onion amd minced garlic for added flavor.