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Tangy Sloppy Joes

“I first tasted this recipe at a rehearsal dinner for a church Christmas program about 20 years ago,” writes Sharon De Roos of Elgin, Illinois. “It's the best sloppy joe mix that I have ever had and I receive many compliments, and of course, requests for the recipe!”
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large skillet, cook the beef, celery, onion and green pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender; drain.
  • Stir in the ketchup, chili sauce, sugars, vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 cup: 331 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 1180mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 2g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • TGI
    Jul 25, 2017

    Good with ground turkey, too. I enjoyed the crunch of the veggies.

  • PrplMonky5
    Jun 6, 2017

    My husband LOVED this. I thought it was pretty tasty myself! Since we're not used to tangy sloppy joes, I decided to cut back a bit so we could sort of ease into it. I only did 1 tsp cider vinegar, and added an extra 1/4tsp of brown sugar. Next time I will increase the vinegar a bit more, since I found the ketchup taste was a bit dominant. We put these on King's Hawaiian hamburger rolls. The sweetness of the rolls really took this to another level. I'll definitely be making this again.

  • xxcskier
    Jun 2, 2017

    I doubled this recipe and brought it to a family function and they were devoured, everyone loved them! This will be staying in my recipe rotation! Easy, one pot delicious recipe!

  • gunslinger
    Apr 29, 2017

    Very tasty, much better than the canned stuff! It had a little tang to it which we liked but if you didn't want the twang you could either use 1/2 the vinegar or add a little more brown sugar,

  • habenaroman
    Feb 27, 2016

    Very good. My favorite but will leave out the vinegar next time. Wife says a little too tangy.

  • deerock
    Dec 1, 2015

    to sherri 928 hot sauce is not the same as chili sauce You can get a 12 oz bottle of Heinz chili sauce in the ketchup isle.

  • mamaknowsbest
    Sep 10, 2015

    Great recipe! I liked that it called for chili sauce, gave it just a slight tang. Even though I doubled the recipe, it was quickly eaten by a group of hungry teenagers! As a volunteer food editor for Taste of Home, I enjoy making recipes that can be quickly assembled with ingredients I have on hand.

  • spraul
    Feb 23, 2015

    Love it! It's a family favorite - will never use canned again!

  • lisa53202
    Feb 20, 2013

    I made sloppy joes for years from the Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys & Girls recipe, but wanted to get away from using tomato soup. Have been trying many recipes, and my husband really likes this one--he said it has more "zip". So I will make this one now--thanks!

  • 2princesses2love
    Jan 6, 2013

    We love this recipe. Even our daughter who doesn't like this type of meal requests these often.