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Sloppy Joes made from scratch on a roll with chips on the side.
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Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes

An old-school childhood favorite that can be made in a pinch of time for a quick homemade weeknight family meal that is both satisfying and yummy! The best part about these sandwiches lies within the name because everyone gets to be sloppy at the dinner table, which can make for some interesting conversation and smiles. Sometimes the standards of proper etiquette during dinner needs to be thrown out the window!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Low Salt
Keyword Childhood dinner recipes, Kid Recipes with hidden veggies, Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes with ketchup, Old School Recipes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
n/a 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 265kcal
Author Christy
Cost $12


  • Medium-sized skillet


  • 2 Lbs Ground Beef 80% or 90% lean works well
  • ½ Small Onion
  • ½ Large Green Pepper red peppers or celery can be substatuded
  • 2 Cloves Garlic minced
  • ½ Cup Ketchup your favorite brand
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Red Wine Vinegar
  • ½ Tsp Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Chop the vegetables small in size, so that they soften quickly and season the sauce well.
    Diced green pepper, onion and garlic on a cutting board .
  • In a medium-sized skillet, season and brown the ground beef with salt and pepper while separating the meat to produce crumbles and softening the garlic and veggies over medium heat. About 7-10 minutes
    How to make Sloppy Joes. Ground beef, onion and pepper browning in a skillet.
  • Strain and discard the grease from the pan, then lower the heat to a low setting.
    Hamberger with onions and peppers-2
  • Stir in the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, and vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes before serving.
    Old Fashioned Sloppy Joe sauce in the pan


Serve this Sloppy Joe mixture on your favorite style bun with a slice of cheese!


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 7.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.7g | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 10.9g