Sloppy Joes

This image courtesy of Christopher Hirsheimer

These Sloppy Joes are everything you could wish for in this crowd-pleasing sandwich—a rich, meaty filling smothered in tangy-sweet, thick tomato sauce that just refuses to stay inside the bun. You definitely need a fork and a few napkins to eat this mouthwatering meal!


Cooking MethodSauteeing



Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionGame Day

Recipe CourseMain Course

Dietary ConsiderationEgg-free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose-free, Peanut Free, Soy Free, Tree Nut Free



Taste and TextureMeaty, Savory, Sweet, Tangy


  • 1 pound lean or extra-lean (90% lean or higher) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • One 15.5-ounce can small red or pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1½ cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 whole-wheat burger buns


  1. Brown the meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeño, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the buns, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for another 5 minutes.

  2. Place a ½-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve,


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I love sloppy joes and this combination of seasonings looks great. I might substitute ground turkey to make these even lighter.

Mmm, we love sloppy joes. It is nice to find a recipe to make them instead of having to use canned or packaged mixes. I am not a fan of red wine vinegar though. Is there a suitable substitute that can be used, or is it essential for the flavour to turn out just right?

Hi Lket! Thank you for reaching out with your comment. You might be able to use apple cider vinegar instead, if you would prefer. Please let us know if it works!

Very hearty and tastier than manwich


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