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Quick Tangy Sloppy Joes Recipe

I adjusted three different recipes to come up with this one. Kids like the tangy taste and request the sandwiches for birthday parties.—Anna Adams, Chatsworth, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red or green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef, onion, red pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender; drain.
  • 2. In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt; stir into beef mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 314 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 935mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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Shoes58 User ID: 2519954 132284
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2013

"so much better than manwich !!!"

tllamar4 User ID: 5318534 65595
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Made it for dinner tonight. Was easy and absolutely delicious!"

eli05 User ID: 3750978 49297
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2011

"perfect just the way it is. My husband isn't that crazy about sloppy joes, but he loved these!"

brbrown96 User ID: 5257624 55534
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"This was very salty. Did I do something wrong? Next time I will only put 1/2 tsp of salt. I also would add just a bit more surgar, 1 clove minced garlic, and will use red wine vinegar instead of white. I did add about 1 1/4 c sweet baby ray's as well. I will make again, as I like using the ketchup base (I always have ketchup) but feel like I have altered the recipe so much I feel guilty saying it's the same recipe. I think cutting the salt will go a LONG way to make it better."

tamicarr User ID: 1329724 90189
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"I made it exactly per the recipe and it was delicious. Tangy but not too much - my picky husband liked it too. I will definitely keep this recipe and make again and again!"

needsomezzzs User ID: 4392298 129762
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"only used 1 tsp chili powder and 1 1/2 Tbsp chili sauce. Also added 2 Tbsp bbq sauce. Whole family loved it. Will definately make it again. May add some cheese next time."

beachnutFL User ID: 4081531 90010
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2011

"My family declared this the best sloppy joe recipe ever! We also added about 1/4 cup of BBQ sauce to the base recipe. It was so tasty!"

vancik User ID: 1298357 72837
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"This was so easy and delicious, too! My kids like a little BBQ kick to their sloppy joes, so I threw in a 1/4 c. Sweet Baby Rays as well. Enjoy!"

lurky27 User ID: 1251896 72836
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2010

"This is the best sloppy joes recipe I've ever made. Packed with flavor! We'll be making this often.

~ Theresa"

anndino User ID: 276723 136556
Reviewed May. 17, 2010

"Very good and didn't have tomato paste in it, an ingredient I am usually out of when I need it."

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