Sloppy Joes


Sloppy Joes is an American fast food item. I don’t know a better way to describe it than meat sauce (as in bolognese sauce) with green peppers in it, and slopped onto a kaiser roll (something like a burger bun.) If you know what chili (not the spicy red thing, but the stew), it’s similar to that too. But chances are, if you’ve never heard of Sloppy Joes, you probably also don’t know what chili is.

Jason loves Sloppy Joes like he loves meat sauce, and he always wants to eat these things. I’ve always tweaked these recipes to make them healthier (just like my Penne alla Bolognese with added veggies), and I’ve never used the popular Manwich Sloppy Joes sauce in a can. It’s so easy to make Sloppy Joes, and it can be healthy if you add a ton of veggies to it, so everyone should just make Sloppy Joes at home instead of using the Manwich can!

Ingredients (serves 3)

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 kaiser rolls
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • [optional] butter

Ingredients for Sauce

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • [optional] 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder


In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients for the sauce together.

In a heated saucepan, add oil, then fry the green pepper, garlic and onions until softened.

Add beef and fry until beef is cooked.

Pour in the sauce, and bring it to a boil. Once it starts boiling, turn down and simmer for about 15 minutes.


[optional] Butter both sides of the kaiser rolls.

Place kaiser rolls in an oven until a golden brown crust starts to form. (Time varies from oven to oven. Mine took about 5 minutes.)

Scoop 1/3 cup of beef mixture onto each kaiser roll.

Serve and enjoy!


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