Sloppy Joes

I grew up eating sloppy joes and have always loved them. I was never a picky eater growing up but I vividly remember getting excited whenever my mom made sloppy joes for dinner (even though I remember getting excited over most meals). It’s such a delicious comfort food. I never had the kind from “a can” (ewe!) but I can bet these are so much better.

I’ve made these sloppy joes a few times already and my husband and I both love them. They are very easy to make and I love the addition of celery and green bell peppers. They also make great leftovers!

Sloppy Joes

Servings 6 Sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 1 celery stalk diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced green bell pepper
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 can 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup-style chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 6 sandwich buns split (sesame-seed )


  • In a large fry pan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion, celery and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, about 5 minutes. Add the beef, increase the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring and breaking up the beef with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup water, the tomato sauce, chili sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes to blend the flavors.
  • Toast the buns. Place the bottom halves of the buns, cut side up, on warmed individual plates and top with the beef mixture, dividing it equally. Cover with the bun tops and serve immediately.
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