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Sensational Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sensational Sloppy Joes Recipe

"I’ve always liked sloppy joes but was feeling that my own recipe lacked character. Then a co-worker shared hers with me, and I guarantee I’ll never go back! Grape jelly adds a hint of sweetness to this fun, flavorful mixture, but I often use more than called for because my husband likes his extra sweet," shares Jessica Mergen from Cuba City, Wisconsin.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:5 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 5 hamburger buns, split


  • 1. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the soup, ketchup, jelly, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard, salt and celery seed. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until heated through. Serve on buns. Yield: 5 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 330 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 955mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 2g fiber), 20g protein.

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MarcyC48 User ID: 2794696 263774
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2017 Edited Apr. 27, 2017

"The flavor was good but way too sweet! Even the grandkids said " Why is this so sweet? " l couldn't give it to my diabetic sister either. Sorry to say l had to pitch it. I'll stick to my recipe next time."

dwg16b User ID: 8952364 255474
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2016

"My initial attraction to this recipe was the grape jelly. We all know that grape jelly and ketchup make a great BBQ sauce. Then there is the celery flavor which I think makes tomatoes pop. I was a little reserved with the thought of the condensed tomato soup but what respectable kitchen pantry doesn't have a can of that on the shelf. So, since I was searching for something different I made it exactly as the recipe said. It was GREAT! I will have to try it again on some innocent bystanders to get a second opinion."

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 221791
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2015

"I loved the different flavors going on in this recipe! Very unique and of course, much better than the canned stuff with very little prep time."

jancan2 User ID: 1452412 208190
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2014

"This recipe is great and so easy. My husband used to eat the sloppy joe stuff from a can but once I made this he never went back (could be I refuse to buy the stuff). It is so yummy that when I make it I usually double the recipe and freeze half for later."

hillenk User ID: 6723497 160023
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2013

"This is my go to sloppy joe recipe, very kid friendly since it is on the sweet side. I usually leave out the celery seed and make it with ground turkey instead of beef. I sometimes make a larger batch and freeze it in ziploc bags and reheat in the crockpot for a quick, easy dinner."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 143574
Reviewed Apr. 21, 2013

"EXCELLENT! I forgot the celery seed. omitted the salt."

Janna0123 User ID: 6825077 65218
Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"My family loves this recipe. We've been making it for years now. It is a bit sweet, I make a spicy sloppy joe recipe too when I'm feeling bold. However, this is our go-to family recipe 99% of the time because our 4 year old just loves it and he isn't much of a meat eater so this recipe is a keeper for us!"

richandnancy User ID: 2696453 92730
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"My son hates sloppy joes. When I saw this recipe it reminded me of the cocktail meatballs he loves. I made them and he loved them! I make them for parties all the time and people quite often ask me for the recipe. I often increase the recipe and portion it out to freeze. A quick and simple meal on hand when you need it!"

[email protected] User ID: 1510 92728
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2012

"very good, thanks for sharing"

caryneileen04 User ID: 5803223 65166
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"Though the concept of a sloppy joe recipe with grape jelly in it is interesting, we found the sauce to have an odd flavor--too sweet and something else we couldn't put our fingers on."

Donna_W User ID: 190124 93178
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"My son is gluten intolerant so I substituted the tomato soup with tomato sauce. It was delicious! This is a recipe that will be put in our family favorites. We all liked it much better than the store bought canned sloppy joe sauces that tend to be too tangy. It brought my daughter out of her room upstairs when she smelled it simmering!"

msdaisey User ID: 1222542 143571
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2010

"not a favorite with my family"

patmarkham User ID: 3491693 160659
Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"Made a 5x batch for our church potluck. To reduce the sugar, I left out the brown sugar and used sugar free grape jelly. (There is still the high fructose corn syrup in the tomato soup and ketchup - so it's not "sugar free") Kids and adults both loved it. They cleaned up every drop."

kristenhandshoe01 User ID: 927746 159839
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2010

"These sloppy joes were very good. However we thought the mustard flavor was a bit too strong at first. I simply added an extra tablespoon of grape jelly and it evened the taste right out. The end result was satisfying. Will make again with this adjustment and yes much better than the can that you buy at the store."

donna914 User ID: 2673055 165769
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"This is a very tasty & simple sloppy joe recipe to make and MUCH better than what you would purchase in the can at the grocery store. It has a sweet flavor that my whole family loved. This has been made several times and is always a winner in my house."

valanddansmith User ID: 988113 93177
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"These WERE pretty sensational!! Everyone in my house gobbled them right up. Definitely better than a packet of sloppy joe mix! Very quick and easy to throw together and I had all the ingredients on hand - now that's my kind of recipe!! The celery seeds add an unexpected flavor. Yum!!!"

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