Homemade Sloppy Joes

I love finding recipes for things that can be bought in the store!  So far, I seem to find that things that are mixed yourself are so much better than the store-bought mixes.  Honestly, I like sloppy joes, but I haven’t loved them in the past.  Then I found this recipe when looking for something different to cook.  And oh my goodness – they’re great!  I’m convinced that sloppy joes are one of those things that one must taylor to their own tastes, but I love this recipe just the way it is.

Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • 2 Tbs Butter
  • 2 1/2 lbs ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • Half of a large onion, diced (or a diced whole small onion, just dice some onion, ok?)
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 5 cloves of garlic minced (or canned minced garlic, see jar for substitution directions)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • Worcestershire Sauce (to taste)
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • Tabasco sauce (optional; to taste)
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Kaiser Rolls or Hamburger Buns

Directions:  Add butter to large skillet or dutch oven over medium heat.  Add ground beef and cook until brown.  Drain and discard fat.  Return meat to skillet/ dutch oven.  Add onions, green pepper, and garlic.  Cook for a few minutes or until vegetables begin to get soft.  Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili dry mustard, and water.  Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste.  Also add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco if desired.  Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.  Spread rolls with butter and brown on griddle or skillet.  Spoonmeat mixture over the rolls or buns.  Enjoy!