Sloppy Joes

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Most of my life I swore up & down that I did NOT like Sloppy Joes!  I was pretty confident of that fact and knew that I did not like the stuff from a can, it had a funky taste & I couldn’t understand why anyone would taint ground beef with the stuff.  After many years (yes, I’m one of the oldies) and a bit of luck finding this gem of a recipe by the ever popular The Pioneer Woman, I was sold.  Once I saw all the ingredients that she used, I knew it would be good.  I’ve tweaked it to my own personal preference over the years, but I will guarantee you it tastes much better than the stuff out of a can.  I normally get it all cooked and then place into a slow cooker to keep warm, it will feed a large group or my family so be forewarned, if you have a small group you will have leftovers which in fact are even better.  Serve it up along side my Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad or Heather’s Greek Pasta Salad for a great summer meal. Also,  feel free to spice this up also, I keep it on the mild side in hopes that my younger ones will eat it.


Yield: 12 Servings

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes
[The Pioneer Woman|]


  • 2 & 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 2 whole bell peppers, diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 & 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 1 T dry mustard
  • 1 t garlic powder
  • 2 T Worcestershire Sauce or to taste
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Brown ground beef along with onion & garlic under fully cooked, drain thoroughly.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer approximately 30 minutes or until bell pepper is softened.
  3. Transfer to slow cooker & keep on warm setting.
  4. Serve over buns or rolls.


  1. These do look great! The ONLY thing that would make them better…..sing Lunch Lady, by Adam Sandler while serving them…..just sayin 🙂

  2. Throw in some Fritos and I would do anything you asked! Now I have a serious craving for some Sloppy Joes.

  3. I haven’t had sloppy joes since I was a kid! I love that these are from scratch 🙂 I will have to give them a try!

  4. Thanks for the recipe, made the Sloppy Joes over the weekend and was a big hit!

  5. This Sloppy Joe looks delicious. Great for family reunions and summer time. Pinned
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  6. These look so yummy and I bet they taste awesome! Totally reminds me of summer!

    Erin @ Elizabeth Joan Designs

  7. My Grandma’s dear friend, Grandma Katie as we called her, would always make Sloppy Joes when there was a group coming over to eat. They are so dear to my heart! Will definitely be trying your recipe – pinning right now. 🙂 Thank you for sharing at #GetHimFed Fridays, hope you have a nice weekend!

  8. This looks really good. The ingredients make it sound full of flavor and delicious. I’m going to try this out soon. Thanks for sharing!


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