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Homemade Sloppy Joes


70 min

Homemade Sloppy Joes

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70 min


6 persons




4.00 rating-star (681)


Author: Victoria Bailey
Homemade Sloppy Joes don't have to be difficult to eat. Despite the name of this iconic retro dish, the secret to a great Sloppy Joe is a thick, rich, almost dry consistency, which allows the sandwich to be eaten with your hands. Serve on hamburger buns.


  • extra-lean ground beef: 1.5 pound
  • onion, diced: 0.5 piece
  • green pepper, diced: 1 piece
  • garlic, minced: 2 clove
  • water, divided: 2 cups
  • ketchup: 0.75 cup
  • brown sugar: 2 Tbsp
  • Dijon mustard: 1 tsp
  • salt, or to taste: 1.5 tsp
  • ground black pepper: 0.5 tsp
  • Worcestershire sauce: 1 dash
  • cayenne pepper, or to taste: 1 pinch

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Stages of cooking

  1. Place ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir until beef is browned and crumbled, about 10 minutes.
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  2. Stir in green pepper and garlic; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add 1 cup water and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.
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  3. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, black pepper, and Worcestershire sauce. Add remaining 1 cup water and bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and mixture is thick, about 40 minutes.
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  4. Season with salt, black pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper.
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History of the Homemade Sloppy Joes:

Sloppy Joes are a classic American dish that has been a family favorite for decades. The origins of the Sloppy Joes date back to the early 20th century, when the first recipe was published in the United States. The dish became a popular school lunch item in the 1950s and 1960s, and it has since become a household name.

Tips and Tricks for Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe:

  1. Use extra-lean ground beef to reduce the fat content of your Sloppy Joes.
  2. Brown the beef and onions before adding the other ingredients. This will enhance the flavor of the dish.
  3. Use fresh garlic and green peppers for maximum flavor.
  4. Be sure to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the pan by scraping it with a wooden spoon. This will help to develop a rich and deep flavor.
  5. Let the mixture simmer for at least 40 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together and the liquid to evaporate.
  6. Taste the mixture continuously and adjust the seasoning as needed.

Tips for presenting the dish:

  1. Serve the Sloppy Joes on hamburger buns to allow for easy handling and eating.
  2. Offer toppings such as shredded cheese, sliced tomatoes, or pickles for guests to personalize their sandwich.
  3. Serve the Sloppy Joes with a side of potato chips or fries for a classic American meal.

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