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Sloppy Joes

Looking for a quick summer meal?
Sloppy Joes are an old time favorite that can be made last minute or ahead of time and frozen. This is a great meal for a crowd with kids. When my dad was an elementary school teacher, he would have his class over to our home for an end of the year party and mom would serve this meal to his students. Simply multiply the ingredients and make a huge pot. Serve with fresh buns, salads and chips. Pick up some Dixie cups for dessert and you're set...or for an amazing dessert after a simple meal make yesterdays recipe of Charlotte's Drumstick dessert. The nice thing about that one is that you can have that ready in the freezer too. Trust'll be loved!

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3-4 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  1. In a skillet cook ground beef, onions, and peppers until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients .
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
  4. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
  5. Serve on toasted fresh buns.


  1. THis looks very much like my recipe of sloppy joes.I have been making this for 34 years.How do I know the exact number of years? Well since my son was 3 we have had Sloppy Joes for his birthday every year,and he still asks for them every year.

  2. sloppy joes, is one of my all time favorite comfort food......that would be a good meal to bring to someone.

  3. Yum, those look good. I think I'll put that on my cottage meal plan for this summer. Thanks!

  4. I am always on the look-out for a good sloppy joe recipe. It seems whenever I taste a good one, no one has a recipe, it's just a little of this and a little of that. I am really looking forward to trying this one.

  5. Thank you, Kathy. These are cupboard ingredients and so easy! I need to try this rather than going for my Club House pkg. We love sloppy joes with freshly baked buns too.

  6. What a great reminder of a wonderful simple meal. I have not made that in years...It's always been a favorite.

  7. I made these sloppy joes tonight, with homemade hamburger buns, and they were very good. I left out the brown sugar though, and I found that they were sweet enough with the 1/2 cup of ketchup. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. If I double the recipe should I just double the ground beef and the other ingredients?


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