This homemade sloppy joe recipe is my daughter Heidi’s recipe. If you have family members with recipes you love, get them now. I really wish I had had my mom write down some of her recipes.
I have several of mom’s recipes but there are some no one in the family has, which is really sad. So if you have a minute, ask family members or friends for some of those recipes you all love.
I’ve always been a fan of making sloppy joes, so I asked Heidi for her recipe and then I made these for dinner. Adults and kids love this family-friendly meal, right?
If you’re like me, you think some recipes are too spicy, too sweet, or too bland. Well, this recipe is a keeper for sure! It’s full of chopped onions, ground beef, and a tangy tomato sauce.
Here’s another recipe list you should check out, you’ll be glad you did: 20 Delicious Potato Salad Recipes
Items You May Need In The Kitchen
- Frying Pan
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Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe
Gather your ingredients because it helps so much to have everything ready to start.
I love chopping onions, I cut the ends off, then cut the onions in half, remove the outer skin and they are ready to chop.
Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, salt, and curry powder. Set the bowl aside.
Grab a large frying pan and brown the onions and ground beef until cooked through. Drain any excess liquid.
Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Serve on hamburger buns. We’ve been having these sloppy joes sandwiches for lunch almost every day. I even had one open-faced one day. You’ll enjoy the flavor, texture, and how full you’re feeling each time you have one. Enjoy.
Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 10-1/2-ounce can of tomato soup
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1-1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
Combine the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, salt, and curry powder. Set the bowl aside. Grab a large frying pan and brown the onions and ground beef until cooked through. Drain any excess liquid. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
How do I store the leftover sloppy joe mixture?
I store the leftovers in an airtight container in my fridge.
Can I freeze the leftover sloppy joe mixture?
This recipe is great to freeze! It will be good in your freezer if stored in an airtight container for 2-3 months.
What can I serve with these?
- Baked Beans
- Potato Chips
- Tossed Salad
- Macaroni Salad
- Potato Salad
- Dill Pickles
- Macaroni and Cheese
Why do Americans eat sloppy joes?
Back in the 1930s, people needed to stretch meals because of the economy, adding onions made it so they could feed a lot of people with less meat. Spooning the mixture on hamburger buns made a complete meal.
Is sloppy joe and Manwich the same?
Manwich was designed to help people make sloppy joes at home. It’s easier to make them from scratch in my opinion. But I like Manwich every so often.
What is the sloppy joe sauce made of?
It starts with ground beef and then adding a tomato sauce, tomato soup, or tomato paste.
How many sloppy joes can I get out of one pound of ground beef?
You can get approximately 6, depending on how many onions or filler you add, and how thick you like your sandwiches. Have a fork or spoon ready, this filling may fall out on your plate.
How long can I safely store the mixture?
You can store this mixture in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
How can I make this sloppy joe mix more tangy?
I like to add more onions to mixtures like this if I need it to be more tange. There may be other spices you’d like to try. Be adventurous!
There is something awesome about cooking with kids and grandkids in the kitchen. We are teaching them the skill of cooking from scratch and saving money at the same time by eating at home.
It’s all about stocking your pantry and freezer. I am shocked at the cost of ground beef these days, let alone any other cut of meat.
We are now only eating meat once a week. Please stock your pantry when you can, you will not regret it. May God Bless this world, Linda