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Zesty Sloppy Joes

For a big family gathering, these sandwiches are a hit. I have never served them without getting recipe requests. A fantastic blend of seasonings in a classic sandwich means no one can eat just one. —Sandy Abrams, Greenville, New York
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 65 min.
  • Makes
    20-25 servings


  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup finely chopped green pepper
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 1 can (15 ounces) thick and zesty tomato sauce
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 25 hamburger buns


  • In a Dutch oven, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add green pepper. Cook and stir for 5 minutes; drain. Add the next 10 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 263 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 579mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • dcscake_OH
    Apr 16, 2018

    I just made this for a church gathering, and it was great, no problems with the recipe. If I make this for my family , I will probably use turkey, and I am sure it will be great.

  • 4053lauren
    Jan 14, 2018

    Tried to make this for 2 people, quite tricky, but it was good!

  • lamsden
    Jan 11, 2018

    I always have containers of this in the freezer. If I'm home by myself, this is my go to meal. It's quick and easy and tastes delicious. Thank you for one of my absolute favorite recipes!

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    This recipe is large enough for a family get-together and be surevto have the recipe handy!!

  • mrssarge
    Jul 8, 2014

    Best sloppy joe recipe ever. This is the only recipe I use. I add an extra pound of ground beef and only use 1 can of soup because I don't like my sloppy joes soupy. All other ingredient measurements I keep the same. I put in crock pot and let simmer all day. Sloppy joes are best when they are simmered all day so flavors can mesh together with the beef.

  • abenedict1964
    Sep 4, 2013

    Made this and canned in quart jars; this way hubby and I can have sloppy joes anytime we want, just heat & serve.

  • Sue Zappa
    Aug 18, 2013

    I made these for the first timeme for supper last night. I'm not much of a sloppy joes eater, but even I thought they were fantastic! They were a big hit with my whole family, including picky teen daughter. Loved the zesty tomato sauce; actually ended up using the Hunt's version made for chili & it was terrific. I'm going to use the leftovers tonight by topping Fritos with the sloppy joe mixture & sprinkling with cheddar cheese, heat, & sprinkle with lettuce & black olives. Thanks for the recipe.

  • magkel
    Jul 30, 2013

    This has been my go to Sloppy Joe recipe for years. I make it for parties quite often and receive huge compliments. The only change I make is sometimes I swap out ground beef for ground turkey.

  • Wildflour
    Jul 30, 2013

    This worked perfectly for a large backyard function and would definitely make again and again!

  • alecat
    Mar 26, 2013

    I make it every year for a Halloween party... puts canned joe sauce to shame. It's very good.