The Best Sloppy Joe Recipe.

The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe

The Best Sloppy Joe Recipe.

The BEST Sloppy Joe

The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe

Laura MarianoLaura Mariano
Best homemade sloppy joe recipe! Minced beef with tomato sauce on a toasted hamburger bun. The perfect recipe for lunch or dinner.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 365 kcal


  • 4 toasted hamburger buns, as desired
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 15 onces can of tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pound lean beef, 85%-90% lean
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 small green pepper, pitted and cut into small cubes
  • 1 small onion finely chopped


  • Finely chop the onion. Nefer and cut green pepper into small cubes.
  • In a bowl, combine Worcestershire sauce, mustard, water, brown sugar, and tomato sauce.
  • Place a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium/high heat. Add olive oil and minced meat. Fry the beef for about 5 minutes, until fully cooked through and longer, breaking it up with a spoon. Season with salt and pepper, add diced pepper and onion. Cook for another 5 minutes, until vegetables are softened and beef is brown.
  • Add the minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add the sauce and let it come to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve on toast for Sloppy Joe's sandwiches.
Keyword sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joes
Laura Mariano

Written by Laura Mariano

Laura Mariano is a food blogger who founded Recipes By to make cooking easier. Growing up on a farm in Spain, Laura was inspired by exquisite dishes prepared using simple ingredients. Laura Mariano is particularly known for making anyone can cook.


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  1. 5 stars
    I wanted to find a recipe that I could make ahead and leave in the crockpot the next day. I grew up with a mother who made this from scratch and was so happy to find a similar recipe. It tastes like home! 🙂 This can be used over fries, spaghetti, potatoes… I could have it on anything. It’s delicious!!! Thanks for sharing,

  2. 5 stars
    About once a year, I get a craving for sloppy Joes. A few weeks ago, I tried this recipe. It was so good that I made it again today. I even made extra so l could freeze some for the next time my family wants some. It is a most excellent recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    It would be nice if I didn’t have to read through 4 paragraphs trying to find the measurements of everything. And then once you finally get through all the bs there isn’t even a guide. Just add tomato sauce and garlic okay but how much? Where is this information???
    This should lower your credit score.

  4. 5 stars
    We love these Sloppy Joes! I follow the recipe to the letter and let it cook down for 10+ minutes and its perfect!

  5. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe with two exceptions. Instead of one cup of tomato sauce, I used 1/2 cup of chili sauce and 1/4 cup of hot tomato sauce. Delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    This makes a very good, basic sloppy Joe. By basic, I mean that it is safe to serve when you have family that has a member who cannot stand spicy food. It does not have the heat of Tabasco or peppers, but one can easily see that by reading the recipe. Just add some heat if that’s what you want. But if you are feeding a group who’s tastes range from very mild to very spicy, this is the perfect starting spot. Just scoop some out and spice it up, or put a bottle of Tabasco on the table and let them do their own spicing.

  7. 5 stars
    Tried this the other date and it was great, added some red pepper flakes for some heat. however I left out the water. As I’seen posted before, it didn’t seem needed. maybe if you used tomato paste instead of sauce. Still loved it with a little kick!

  8. 5 stars
    Made this today for my brothers lunch. It turned out great and they love it. Taste so much better than the can stuff 😋

  9. 5 stars
    I just add a little extra brown sugar and a few shakes of hot sauce. And I used dry onion and garlic in place of fresh. Oh and a orange pepper because I’m making it the night before Thanksgiving and I’m not going back to the store for a green pepper.
    lol. Thanks for sharing, it turned out great.

  10. 5 stars
    I agree. One tablespoon of brown sugar isn’t enough for my taste. And adding heat is always a matter of personal preference.

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