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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Looking for a fun and easy dinner to make for the whole family tonight? You won't regret trying these delicious Homemade Sloppy Joes recipe!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 to 6


  • 1 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion , finely chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 medium green pepper , finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef 80% lean/20% fat (or greater)
  • 1 can (15-oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 T. tomato paste
  • 2 T. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2 T. brown sugar adjust amount depending on personal preference
  • 1/2 T. Dijon mustard
  • 1 T. chili-garlic sauce*
  • 4-6 Hamburger buns or Brioche buns if preferred
  • 2-3 T. unsalted butter melted
  • Vietnamese Chili Garlic Sauce


  • Heat olive oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add onion, minced garlic, and green pepper. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until the vegetables soften and start to develop some color.
  • Add the ground beef and break into small pieces with a spatula. Cook until the meat mixture is thoroughly browned. Do it for approximately 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and carefully drain any excess grease from the large skillet.
  • Return to medium-high heat and add the rest of the ingredients: tomato sauce, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and chili garlic sauce. Season with additional salt and black pepper, if desired. Stir it thoroughly to combine. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  • While the sloppy joe meat simmers, place the top oven rack in the second from highest position and pre-heat the oven broiler to high. Open the hamburger buns and arrange on a large, rimmed baking sheet. Brush each surface with the melted butter and place the baking sheet under the broiler for several minutes, rotating once halfway through, or until the buns are golden brown.
  • Remove the baking sheet from the oven and spoon some of the warm meat sauce onto the bottom portion of each bun. Cover and serve immediately with your choice of sides. Enjoy!
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