Homemade Sloppy Joes For An Easy Midweek Dinner

Bubba Stacy
3 minute read

Every guy needs a signature homemade Sloppy Joe recipe in his back pocket. Sadly, not everyone is born with a knack for cooking. So, we've prepared a recipe for delicious Sloppy Joes that's really easy to make. All you need to do is follow our step-by-step guide. Read on to learn how you can whip up some Sloppy Joes in the comfort of your own home!

Our Delicious and Easy Recipe for Homemade Sloppy Joes


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 55 minutes

Total: 1 hour and 10 minutes


Nutrition Facts

  • 251 calories
  • 11.9g fat
  • 14.4g carbs
  • 21.5g protein
  • 69mg cholesterol
  • 1002mg sodium


Picking the Ingredients

Sloppy Joes are best made with beef. It’s loaded with protein, iron, zinc, and other vitamins that are good for the body. However, keep in mind that too much meat can lead to obesity and weight gain. As such, make sure to purchase lean meat as often as possible. You can minimize the fat by ditching the oil and using a non-stick pan to cook. Add chopped-up vegetables to the recipe to bulk up the nutrition factor.

The key to making rich, juicy, Sloppy Joes is the ingredients. If you want to have a good finished product, you need to start with the right materials. Here are the things you’ll need for your homemade Sloppy Joes:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup water
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef, extra lean
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 green pepper, diced


Step 1: Cook the Beef

Put the beef and onions in a large skillet over medium heat. Constantly stir until the beef starts to turn brown and begins to crumble. This takes about 10 minutes.

Step 2: Add Bell Pepper and Garlic

Throw in the bell pepper and garlic and cook until they soften. Afterward, add a cup of water and continue to stir. Remember to scrape up any bits that stick to the pan.

Step 3: Add the Condiments

Add in the ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard. Stir well, then add another cup of water.

Step 4: Reduce the Heat

Reduce the heat from medium to low and let simmer, stirring every now and then. Continue to do so until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is rich and thick. This takes around 40 minutes.

Step 5: Season and Serve

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Season according to taste then serve with toasted bread buns and a side of roasted veggies, if you want.


Sloppy Joes at a Party

If you're serving Sloppy Joes at a backyard cookout, then it's best to pair it with some drinks! Nothing's more perfect than having an open-grill party with some beer, grilled vegetables, and of course, your signature Sloppy Joes!


Do you think homemade Sloppy Joes are great for get-togethers? Find out more about this recipe at RuggedStandard.com!

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