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Try these Homemade Sloppy Joes and you’ll never buy the canned sandwich sauce again! This recipe is full of flavor and comes together quickly for a yummy weeknight meal!

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scoop of sloppy joe meat

Love a good sloppy joe but don’t love the canned sauce? Yep, same here! And as easy as it is to just use a can of Manwich, this homemade version is almost just as easy and soooo much tastier!

Sloppy joes were a family staple growing up and now that I’ve got kids of my own, that still remains true. I always have the ingredients on hand and can whip these yummy sandwiches up in under 30 minutes. Give them a try and let me know what you think!!!

pan with sloppy joe meat

Ingredients in Homemade Sloppy Joes

  • Ground Beef – I like to use 85% lean ground beef, but any will work!
  • Yellow Onion
  • Red Bell Pepper – If you’ve got super picky kiddos, you can skip the bell pepper!
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Yellow Mustard
  • Black Pepper

How do you make Homemade Sloppy Joes?

First, you’ll add the ground beef, onion and peppers to a hot skillet. I like to use a meat chopper like this one to break up the meat while it browns. Once the meat is fully cooked, you’ll drain the excess grease. Next, the remaining ingredients are added and stirred in.

Lastly, you’ll let the sloppy joes simmer for 10-15 minutes. This gives the sauce enough time to thicken up a bit and become even more flavorful! Serve warm on hamburger buns.

pan full of homemade sloppy joe meat

Can Sloppy Joes be Frozen?

Yes!! I like to make a double batch so I have leftovers to freeze. Simply put leftover sloppy joe meat into freezer baggies, label them and seal tightly. Then I lay them flat in the freezer for the next time I need a quick meal!

Other simple Weeknight Meal Ideas:

  • One Pot Spaghetti turns the classic into a weeknight favorite, thanks to fewer dishes, less time and more flavor!!
  • Sheet Pan Pork Loin has juicy pork loin, crispy brussels sprouts and roasted sweet potatoes all in one, proving that healthy really can be quick and delicious!
  • With flavorful Italian sausage, cheese-filled ravioli and spices, Ravioli Soup is a hearty soup everyone will love!
  • Honey Garlic Pork Chops are juicy, tender pork chops cooked in a flavorful honey garlic sauce. They’re delicious on their own or served over a bed of rice and veggies!
Sloppy Joe sandwich on a yellow plate

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A scoop of sloppy joe meat
5 from 3 votes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
4 people
Try these Homemade Sloppy Joes and you'll never buy the canned sandwich sauce again! Its full of flavor, super easy and quick to make!


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
  • One 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Hamburger Buns


  • In a large skillet, add the ground beef, red peppers and onions.
  • Brown until no longer red; drain the excess grease.
  • Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard and black pepper and stir.
  • Let simmer until thickened, about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.


Calories: 516kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 972mg | Potassium: 770mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 744IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 99mg | Iron: 5mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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  1. 5 stars
    My old 1980 recipe is similar. I will try the tomato sauce not catsup/ketchup. I make 2-4lbs.
    With 2lbs. I put in my crockpot to simmer up to 2hrs. Ground beef breaks down and it flavors better.

  2. Lisa Kroes says:

    5 stars
    This is the only way to make sloppy joes! Forget store bought. Not only was this easy to make, they were the best sloppy joes I’ve ever had!

    1. Thank you so much for the great rating and review!! 🙂 It made my day!

  3. Vivian Chavez says:

    5 stars
    This sloppy Joe recipe was so much better then the can sloppy Joe mix. Flavor was very good ! And it’s TRUE I wont be buying canned mix again. Husband loved it!

    1. This comment made my day!! Thank you for your kind words and great rating! 🙂

  4. I really enjoyed your presentation at the State Fair last Thursday and the samples we got were Very good. Since it’s a cooler day today, we are going to try the Sheet Pan Meatloaf & Potatoes for supper tonight!!