Homemade Sloppy Joes

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These homemade sloppy joes are loaded with flavor and come together in about 30 minutes in just one pan! They're easy to double or triple so you feed a crowd and they are the perfect make-ahead meal!


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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup petite diced yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup petite diced green bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground beef (85/15)
  • 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 6 Brioche hamburger buns for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add 1 cup petite diced yellow onion, 3/4 cup petite diced green pepper, and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add 3 cloves finely minced garlic and 1 tablespoon tomato paste and cook, stirring frequently for about 20 seconds.
  4. Add 1 pound ground beef. Brown the beef, crumbling it with a spatula as it cooks, until cooked through.
  5. Add 8 oz. can tomato sauce, 1/2 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, and a couple large pinches of salt and pepper.
  6. Stir together and cook over medium to medium-low heat for about 8-10 minutes or until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  7. Serve on toasted brioche hamburger buns and enjoy!
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  • Feel free to switch up the veggies! Swap diced red pepper for green pepper or add canned diced tomatoes instead of peppers if you prefer. Finely diced jalapenos are another delicious addition. As written, this is an old-fashioned sloppy joe recipe but you can add whatever your family likes!
  • Spice it up! Add a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce or a couple pinches of cayenne pepper.
  • Toast the buns! My favorite tip for making the best sloppy joes is to toast the buns before adding the sloppy joe mixture. This ensures that they don't get soggy. You can do this in a large skillet over medium heat. If you want to add extra flavor, try melting a little butter in the skillet before adding the buns so they're buttered and toasted!