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Ozark Sloppy Joes

Years ago, my family operated a snack boat on Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks. These popular Sloppy Joes were a hit with hungry boaters. —Michele Delanty, Sunrise Beach, Missouri
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  • Stir in the sugar, flour, seasonings, tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 274 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 479mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch.

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  • ca99
    Mar 7, 2014

    this is a favorite in my family! I usually do whichever pepper we have too... Its fine without worcestershire sauce as well. Also I usually add a bit extra of the cayenne pepper...:)

  • voodoowitch
    Jun 14, 2012

    From the previous reviews I was really looking forward to trying these. The recipe is really bland. I had to add more salt & it was still lacking any real flavor it just left your mouth a little warm but had no spicy "taste". Yuck.

  • SassyLacey
    Apr 28, 2012

    These are just delicious. The only thing I changed was that I added a little catsup to the simmering meat. It was wonderful, and my husband says this should be on our table often. Left overs make for a good lunch the next day too.

  • slagathor12
    Apr 9, 2012

    This recipe was pretty easy/fast to make and tasty -- seemed like it could have used more kick though, so I think I'll add in more chili powder next time.

  • Catmaniacs
    Jan 2, 2012

    Best sloppy joes we have ever had! Deleting all my other recipes for sloppy joes from my files!

  • Crystal6789
    Oct 8, 2011

    This is a flavorful recipe! I used a red bell pepper instead of a green pepper and it came out very well.

  • dawnrosanne
    Aug 30, 2011

    YUMMY! My hubby said these were the best sloppy joes he's ever had. I guess no more Manwich for our family! They were really good. I omitted the cayenne pepper because we didn't have any on hand. So, to make up for that, I just added a bit more salt, pepper, and chili powder to the recipe. Boy were they good!

  • td92777
    Apr 25, 2011

    These were excellent, not like your typical sloppy joe because they're not as sweet. They remind me of the old chopped beef sandwiches. It's cheap,easy and very good.tom, connelly springs nc

  • lurky27
    Oct 15, 2010

    Delicious! Nice to have sloppy joes that aren't overly sweet...just packed with flavor!~ Theresa

  • hatiej
    Dec 8, 2009

    A little too "hot" for my taste, so next time I may not put the pepper in it...or use celery instead of green onions. But my husband loved it!