Sloppy Joe Sandwiches

Background and History

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches, also known simply as Sloppy Joes, are a classic American comfort food enjoyed by families for generations. The dish originated in the United States during the early 20th century and gained popularity as an affordable and filling meal during the Great Depression. It typically consists of ground beef or other protein cooked in a tangy tomato-based sauce, served on a hamburger bun. Today, Sloppy Joes remain a beloved staple in homes and school cafeterias across the country.


  • 1 pound ground beef (or ground turkey for a lighter option)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, finely chopped (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hamburger buns, for serving

Serves  4-6 people
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time  20 minutes


Cook the Ground Beef

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef, onion, bell pepper (if using), and garlic until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened, about 8-10 minutes. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.

Make the Sauce

Add the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard to the skillet. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly and the flavors have melded together.

Assemble the Sandwiches

Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture onto hamburger buns, dividing it evenly among the buns.


Serve the Sloppy Joe sandwiches immediately, accompanied by your favorite side dishes such as potato chips, coleslaw, or pickles.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: Approximately 300-350 per serving (excluding bun)
  • Protein: About 20-25 grams per serving
  • Fat: About 15-20 grams per serving
  • Carbohydrates: Approximately 20-25 grams per serving


  • Customize your Sloppy Joes by adding additional toppings such as sliced cheese, pickles, or jalapeños.
  • Leftover Sloppy Joe mixture can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for longer storage.
  • For a vegetarian version, substitute the ground beef with cooked lentils or crumbled tofu.

Allergy Warning

  • Check ingredients for potential allergens, especially if using store-bought ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, or musta
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