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Favorite Sloppy Joes Recipe

Favorite Sloppy Joes Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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. Yield: 12 servings.

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karenvk User ID: 5079734 267628
Reviewed 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 User ID: 9178673 267375
Reviewed 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 User ID: 8194289 218400
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"So easy, yet very tasty!"

carrie carney User ID: 1551037 22630
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2014 Edited Mar. 19, 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."

LoveToCookCookToLove User ID: 7621198 18436
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"Made this for my grandson. He loved it and wanted me to give his mom this recipe."

Beema User ID: 446601 42441
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"Made these today for two families to share. I cut the amount of mustard to 1 tablespoon, added a bit of ketchup and some horseradish for an extra kick. Dee-lish."

mkurf47 User ID: 7409066 48231
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2013

"Very Good!!"

rubydrive60 User ID: 5709625 22001
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"Since there is just the two of us. I cut the recipe in half. I make my own buns and this recipe fit them just right. I have been looking for a recipe like this so I don't have to use can stuff. Thanks for sharing."

wosesmom User ID: 6914994 46542
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"Not my favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe. Mustard taste is too strong. If I were to make it again, I'd half the mustard. I do like the kick from the chili powder."

bossdogn44 User ID: 5442894 49369
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2011

"great recipe added a ketchup to add a little more flavor awesome!!!"

happymomx5 User ID: 5264708 43584
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2010

"Awesome!! I have never had Sloppy Joes b/c of what was in them. This is the best recipe, my kids loved the cheese on it. I would totatlly reccomend it, very kid friendly!"

justgottabezen User ID: 4387974 21158
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009

"great quick meal... cheap, and pretty tasty too! I halved the recipe and left out the water. the only thing I wish s that it was a big saucier. I might just half the meat next time and keep the same sauce measurements"

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