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Tangy Sloppy Joes Recipe

Tangy Sloppy Joes Recipe

“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. YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 7365199 269958
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2017

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

PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 267718
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1136353 267574
Reviewed 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 User ID: 544392 265290
Reviewed 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 User ID: 7905288 244568
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

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

deerock User ID: 7499299 238561
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5826120 232596
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1280885 221192
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2015

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

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 160544
Reviewed 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 User ID: 652335 159987
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2013

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

dawnrosanne User ID: 1014810 93154
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"These were so good! I didn't have any chili sauce on hand, so I substituted it for 4 TB of steak sauce. I really like how the celery gave the sloppy joes an extra crunch! Oh, I also added a binch of cayenne pepper, to give it more zip."

janeron User ID: 1726882 72554
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2011

"I made this and sloppy joesII from to compare. the only change was i used ground mustard in both. this should be called chilli sauce sloppy joes (sweet/tangy)and the other called the real thing sloppy joes. i liked the sloppy joes II the best but both were good.(salt in S.J. II used 1/2 tsp)"

Sherri928 User ID: 355688 159275
Reviewed Jun. 19, 2010

"I couldn't find chili sauce. When I googled chili sauce, hot sauce came up as synonymous. I used hot sauce. OMG!!! It was TOO HOT!!! Unbelievable!"

montana3802 User ID: 5207377 112920
Reviewed Jun. 13, 2010

"I have tried dozens of sloppy joe recipes during my sixty five years, and this is the best! I am throwing away all the other tried and failed recipes. This is the one I've been looking for."

martyw User ID: 3794091 159986
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2010

"I made this for my husband and boys, but I didn't have any chili sauce so I put in 1 and 1/2 cups ketchup and about 2 1/2 to 3 TBS of chili powder and they loved it. next time will have to try with the chili sauce."

blb2100 User ID: 1039436 143255
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2009

"Best sloppy joes I have ever had. Will definitely make again."

Ofallon mom of 2 User ID: 4104825 159241
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2009

"I added garlic powder, used onion powder instead of the onions and left the vinegar out by mistake. It was delicious! Will make again. Even my 5 year old liked it."

nannydee User ID: 1193838 159220
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2008

"Becky added a dill pickle chopped up to add an delicious flavor to it...."

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