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Sloppy Joes Recipe

This is a little spicier version of the traditional sloppy joes. They're easy to make and perfect for parties—the recipe could easily be increased.—Dorothy Wiedeman, Eaton, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 70 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 to 3 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 to 8 hamburger buns


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, celery, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the next 12 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Spoon onto buns. Yield: 6-8 servings (3 cups).

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 212 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 28mg cholesterol, 676mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 13g protein.

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sd20 User ID: 5560294 251801
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2016

"We just didn't think this recipe was as good as another one on this site!."

loopyjane3377 User ID: 4588054 217787
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"My daughter made this for us. It was delicious. I would double or triple it so I could

put some in the freezer. Would save alot of time the next time I wanted it. My dh said we have to have this again."

CBSt User ID: 6937981 20580
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2013

"My mother recently passed away and took her Sloppy Joe (Cowboy Burgers, she called them) recipe with her. I have looked and looked to duplicate it, but to no avail until I found this recipe. It's not an exact match but SO DELICIOUS!! I definitely can live with this one. :)"

curious22 User ID: 5282648 45058
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"I love homemade Sloppy Joes, not using the McCormick packets. Not a fan of the taste or flavor so I was willing to spend alittle time making a sloppy joe receipe even if it wasnt super quick to prep. I found this receipe and although it has a ton of steps to it, all the ingredients involved with this receipe is necessary to create the delicious taste! The only con is there are A LOT of ingredients that go in it which requires a lot of measuring and much more added time to make. I wouldn't call this a quick one to make but I can assure you if you can invest the time to make it, you won't be sorry! It has a ton of flavor and taste delicious! Also I never need to simmer it for 1 hour, thats a bit too long and I found it almost burned it to the bottom of the pan so 45min max is all you need to cook it!"

janiceaba User ID: 5803891 20672
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2012

"Followed recipe exactly. It was the best sloppy joes I have eaten! My husband and son loved them. We will make these again."

elaineae User ID: 3082225 19018
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2011

"I have tried lots of Sloppy Joe recipes but I have found this the best."

MY REVIEW User ID: 4344842 17236
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Great! Follow recipe exactly."

ChefBec User ID: 5177830 202121
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2010

"The taste was WONDERFUL! However, I had to add a little extra brown sugar to temper down the acidity from the cider vinegar. I would recommend using half to three-quarters of the amount called for in the recipe."

Hawker21 User ID: 1593347 44752
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2010

"I too used ground turkey instead of beef. I also used less water ( I substituted 1/2 cup of chicken broth) and added a box of frozen spinach. A great way to hide a veggie!"

mother of 3 User ID: 1726536 20514
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"I made this with ground turkey, left out the sugar, vinegar & used less water. Let it simmer 30 minutes. Hubby didn't notice it wasn't made with beef. It tasted good & I'll make it again."

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