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Super Sloppy Joes

Mother made these fresh-tasting sloppy joes many times when I was growing up. She passed the recipe on to me when I got married. My brother-in-law says they're the best sandwiches he's ever tasted. And he ought to know—his name is Joe! —Ellen Stringer, Bourbonnais, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 35 min.
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 celery ribs with leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon steak sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 10 hamburger or hoagie buns, split


  • In a Dutch oven over medium heat, cook the beef, onion, celery and green pepper until meat is no longer pink and the vegetables are tender; drain.
  • Stir in the next nine ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each bun.
    Freeze option: Place individual portions cooled meat mixture in freezer containers and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth / water if necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 sandwich: 306 calories, 13g fat (5g saturated fat), 60mg cholesterol, 473mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 22g protein.

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  • Marrshall
    Oct 26, 2020

    I chose this Sloppy Joe recipe due to lower sodium content. While first batch came out a bit bland, i now make with 1 lb of ground beef and keep other measurements the same. This, along with more steak sauce and worcestershire gives it plenty of flavor.

  • nat925
    Jul 3, 2020

    My family did not like this recipe. It was super bland and disappointing.

  • laura70
    May 31, 2020

    Very tasty. I did need to add a little bit of salt.

  • broadkillmom
    Mar 24, 2020


  • thefaulknerd
    Feb 20, 2020

    I have made this recipe for years- my go-to for sloppy joes. I follow it to a T every time and it is delicious!

  • homemaker27
    Dec 22, 2019

    I thought I had made a review yrs ago but I don’t see it. This is the only sloppy joe recipe I make. I first made it in 2006 and it was a huge hit. I make it exactly as written then add a extra pound of ground beef and a can of manwich. That combination is off the chain!

  • Bugsli
    May 14, 2019

    Great recipe. I used only 1 lb of hamburger and kept everything else about the same. 1/2 green pepper and 1/2 red sweet pepper. Real garlic tho and not the salt. Everybody likes it and it is mild enough that sensitive stomachs don’t complain.

  • johnmh
    Apr 10, 2018

    This was very good. It does make a lot so we did freeze half and thaw and eat about a month later. My only problem was that we found that our batch had a lot of spicy heat in it and we can't figure out where it came from as there is no pepper or hot pepper sauce or pepper flakes in the recipe. My wife is highly sensitive to capsaicin to the point where even the smallest amount will cause blistering in her mouth. She found this too uncomfortable to eat.

  • asia96
    Jan 14, 2018

    I was expecting much more flavor with all the ingredients. I thought it was very blah. The only change I made was to add salt and it did not help.

  • Anne
    Jan 12, 2018

    I followed the recipe exactly and was disappointed with the result. Surprisingly bland. This recipe as is, is not a keeper.