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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Okay, so this isn’t a culinary masterpiece but it is an easy dinner when you have leftover ground beef and hamburger buns to use up. I wasn’t in the mood for anything fancy and I was really tired so I threw some ingredients together and made sloppy joes. It was extremely easy to make and tasted great. I served them with potato salad and watermelon wedges. My husband and kids loved this dinner and I loved how easy it was.

Sloppy Joes:


  • 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
  • 1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried mustard
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sloppy Joes

How to Make Sloppy Joes

Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook for 3-4 minutes, making sure to break it up into crumbles.

Add the onion, celery, garlic, and bell pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes or until soft.

Drain any grease then add ketchup, brown sugar, and water then season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Stir and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Enjoy.

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  1. I love that you blogged about sloppy joes. They’re an old-time fave of mine. I tried to make them recently in the crockpot for a quick after-soccer dinner and they were a disaster. I’ll have to try your recipe!

  2. Hi there! Thanks for visiting my blog!

    My husband’s all time favorite is Sloppy Joes. I’ve never actually made them homemade like this, I usually just spruce up the canned sauce…I will definately try this! Great dinner!

    You’ve got a great blog here…I’m going to have to go “explore” now…: )

  3. Pam thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment.

    Your Sloppy Joes ae the most savory I’ve seen. I am going to be on the go for the ext couple ofmonths and this will definiely make into my quick meal rotation.

    You have a wonderful blog…you knocked my socks off with the asparagus and zucchini spears YUM!

  4. Sloppy joes and steak fries? What time should I send my husband over? Sloppy Joes are great; they always bring a smile to my face and I love eating them. Yours has a great homemade BBQ feel to it … double yum!

  5. I make these at least once a year. When I do it next time I’m making your version. They look delicious and very real people food! I love it.

  6. This is typical of one of my weekend meals, where I don’t want to cook. The weekend is for something other than life in the kitchen, isn’t it?

    I wonder if my dearly beloved would tolerate this…

  7. What a great idea! I haven’t had these in forever! I used to make my mom make them for me every Halloween with corn! LOL!

  8. Love, love, love the sloppy joe. It is so versatile. Reheats great, can take it to a tailgate or picnic, and everyone one is happy to eat one!!

  9. Thanks for stopping by the site. Yours looks great. I love your pics, and you try and make everything healthier.

    Sloppy Joe’s were a staple of mine as a kid. I even request them when I go home every few months… like they are hard to make right? 🙂

    I like ’em extra sloppy (Billy Madison… good movie)

  10. That looks good! It has been too long since I last made sloppy joe’s and I haven’t tried making them from scratch yet. I am going to have to get this onto my meal plan soon.

  11. I think I completely forgot about sloppy joes until I read your post…now I have a sudden craving from my childhood! Thanks for the reminder, I think I will have to try out this recipe, it sounds pretty darn good!

  12. Damn, I should have seen this last night… I had ground beef and wanted something delicious, but could not think of anything, I made Bobotie, but sadly it did not hit the spot!!

  13. i love sloppy joes, and yours sound perfect. just seeing the words sloppy joe makes me think of adam sandler’s lunchlady song. if you haven’t heard it, i wish you’d hunt it down and listen to it–it’s hilarious. 🙂

  14. Love your sloppy joes, they’re the proof that simple things in life can be really really tasty. What a great idea to serve them along some watermelon!

  15. I am a sloppy joe fan! And my recipe has celery – and I’ve never seen anyone else use celery so I was so glad to see that you do too!

  16. The sloppy joes look great! Does it make a difference to sautee the onions and vegetables and then do the meat?

  17. Danny,

    You can saute the veggies first then cook the meat. I just did it all together because it was easier. Hope you enjoy!


  18. Hello. Today I think I have spent about 5 hours on your blog saving about 95% of your recipes. I love your taste in food!! My boyfriend of 5 years is a VERY picky eater and I think I might get away with making almost all of your recipes. I will check back often and look forward to seeing more dishes!

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  19. I wanted to say I love all your recipes on here and can not wait to try them. I was wondering though if you or anyone has tried ground turkey breast for their sloppy joes instead of ground beef? It is a great alternative and healthier too! And let me just say ever since I have tried it I have not gone back to ground beef in my sloppy joes yet!