Homemade Sloppy Joes

Today we’re sharing a recipe for homemade sloppy joes.  This delicious recipe is a quick and easy family favorite.

If you’ve never made homemade sloppy joes before, you’re in for a real treat.  It is one of the easiest recipes to make and you can even dress it up with a fancy bun or side dishes.  You can also just make it super easy with some store bought buns and frozen fries or tater tots. 

The great thing about homemade sloppy joes is that you can control what ingredients are in the recipe.  If you have any allergies you can omit or substitute other ingredients.  If you have dietary restrictions or just don’t like certain ingredients you can do the same.

There is just something about homemade sloppy joes that take you for a walk down memory lane.  Most people grew up eating sloppy joes made with Manwich but this blows Manwich out of the water. The other great thing about sloppy joes is that it’s a frugal recipe since it uses things you already have on hand and a package of ground beef. Also if you’re just wanting something yummy and easy to make this is the recipe for you. 

Homemade Sloppy Joes

A healthier version of your childhood favorite

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Sloppy Joe, Sloppy Joe Sandwich, Sloppy Joes
Author Sunup to Sundown


  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 3 oz tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Cook ground beef, onion, and bell pepper. Cook until ground beef is browned. Drain excess fat from pan if necessary.

  2. Add tomato paste, water, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, ketchup and bbq sauce.

  3. Add garlic powder, chili powder, cayenne pepper. Add salt and pepper to taste.

  4. Cook altogether for a few minutes until sauce thickens. Add more water if not saucy enough.

  5. Serve over slightly toasted buns either closed faced or open faced.

Homemade sloppy joes make excellent leftovers.  They keep for several days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  They also reheat excellent by toasting or warming a bun and then topping with some of the warmed sloppy joe mixture. 

We’d love to hear what you think about the recipe.  Please give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments below.  Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!  We’ll be back soon with another recipe or update regarding our garden or our journey to becoming more self-reliant.  Please subscribe, like or share this post with others who could benefit from it.

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