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10-Minute Kid Approved Sloppy Joes

10 Minute Sloppy Joes

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • splash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • rolls for serving

Directions

1

Cook meat with onion, and bell pepper on the stove in a large skillet. Drain grease if necessary.

2

Add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar, garlic powder, and water.

3

Stir to combine and let simmer for a few minutes until thick. Serve with hamburger buns.

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homemade sloppy joe sandwich on a plate

Need an easy one-skillet meal idea?

It’s a weeknight and your crew is HUNGRY! What do you make that’s quick, delicious, and something all will enjoy? Try this yummy no-fuss homemade sloppy joe recipe idea that’s a favorite in our house! It’s a simple, last minute meal that’s easy to throw together in a rush and uses common pantry ingredients.

Our family loves sloppy joes!

sloppy joe sandwich on a bun

The result is a hearty sandwich with a deliciously thick and flavorful sauce kids and adults can get on board with! My kids can be super picky eaters, and with this simple meal, there’s never any complaints!

mixing sloppy joe ingredients

Hip Tips:

Prep ahead idea: Make sloppy joes in a small slow cooker, and then just keep warm until dinner. Super easy!


Use ground beef or ground turkey. Either of those would taste great for this meal.


So easy sometimes I just wing it and don’t measure ingredients! This is one of those recipes that’s easy to adjust to your family’s taste and also can be made by experimenting with BBQ sauce, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, etc. After awhile, you don’t even have to measure!


Need to feed a crowd on a budget? Easily double or triple this recipe and place in slow cooker to keep warm for sandwiches! Sloppy Joe sandwiches make yummy football watching food! You can even set them out with Hawaiian rolls to serve as small sliders.

spoonful of sloppy joe meat

skillet with sloppy joes and buns


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10 Minute Sloppy Joes

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 10 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Make these delicious kid-approved Sloppy Joes that come together in a few minutes for an easy weeknight meal!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 an onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • splash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • rolls for serving

Directions

1

Cook meat with onion, and bell pepper on the stove in a large skillet. Drain grease if necessary.

2

Add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar, garlic powder, and water.

3

Stir to combine and let simmer for a few minutes until thick. Serve with hamburger buns.

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slow cooker sloppy joes

Alternative Slow Cooker Directions:

  • Brown the meat with onion, and bell pepper on the stove in a large skillet. Drain grease if necessary.
  • Place meat in slow cooker and stir in ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar, garlic powder, and water. Stir, and cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Assemble your sandwiches as desired.
sloppy joe sandwich on a plate with bun

Such an easy, comforting meal!

I served this again last night with some veggies, and cut up watermelon as a quick meal before an evening of sports, and my son said he loved this more than burgers! I call that a winning recipe!


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Comments 38

  1. nydia

    You cab also cook up a pound of ground beef and half a jar or so of yummy pasta sauce (one with veggies and lots of flavor). Super easy and great as sloppy joes, with rice, or pasta.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great idea – thanks Nydia! πŸ˜€

  2. Erica

    My kids love sloppy joes. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh good – thanks Erika πŸ˜€

  3. Karen

    Ohhhh sounds so good! I wasn’t hungry, but now I am… πŸ™‚

  4. Jaci

    I do a can of tomatoe soup and one cup of salsa with one pound of ground beef.

    • Cherryluva

      Campbells has a recipe with these 2 things in it plus ripped up tortillas and cheese, it’s very good.

  5. sann

    Question? Do you have a spot on hip2save where all of the recipes are together? Am I missing it? Thanks

    • 4Ella

      Click on tips on the toolbar and then on “view all recipes”

    • Sann

      Thank you!

  6. Ashley

    Will definitely try this!! Thanks!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Great! Enjoy πŸ˜€

  7. Love From MunchkinTime.com

    Yummy! Perfect for Friday Night! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Best Wishes,
    Love

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!

  8. 4Ella

    I use similar recipe but I lay layer of bread slices (I use French or Italian) on oven safe dish, put meat all over it and put under the broiler for few minutes, LOVE IT πŸ™‚ I also make it with diced chicken.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Yum! My family would love that too. πŸ˜€

  9. LeAnne

    About once a month or so I cook up about 10 pound of ground beef or turkey and then run it through a food processor for easy crumbling, then freeze them in equal amounts. Easy to throw in a skillet for tacos, sloppy joes, hamburger gravy, spaghetti sauce, or chili. Totally is worth the effort in the long run when you need a quick meal!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya that’s a great tip! Thanks LeAnne πŸ˜€

      • rob

        Yes I do this too!!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I just saw this yesterday! So funny!

  10. Cynthia

    I always double it and throw in a couple of handfuls of matchstick carrots. Sneak those veggies in. Plus, it give it a slight crunch and a touch of sweetness.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh great idea!

  11. Jen

    Perfect, that will be tonight’s dinner πŸ™‚

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Nice- enjoy πŸ˜‰ and thanks for stopping by!

  12. laurahartsel

    I use the same recipe (from my mom!) but I sneak in diced zucchini and/or carrots! My kids never know, but they’re getting some extra veggies.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Cherryluva

    For all of you that sneak in veggies in this meal, how do you do it?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I would just chop them finely and sautΓ© until soft, and add with the meat πŸ‘

    • Ms. Frizzle

      Ninja Chop ’em. My kids hate onions, tomatoes and peppers. So I puree them and they never know!

  14. Pat

    The best sloppy joes are made with a can of tomato soup, plus worcestershire, brown sugar, ketchup, onion mustard. I’ve been making it for 40 years, there’s nothing better.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice I’m trying that! β€οΈπŸ‘

  15. Sue

    This is a really good recipe except I don’t use Worcestershire Sauce and Brown Sugar. So I just want to say thank you for the recipe. I used Manwich years ago but quit because of the ingredients so I was very happy to see a homemade recipe. My husband and I love sloppy joes.

  16. Eden

    I made this and it had really good flavor, but you definitely don’t need to add the water. It made the sauce really runny and trying to cook it down only overcooked the ground beef. I would just add an extra 1/4 cup of ketchup and omit the water.

  17. nita

    I use Indian spices n we love that too πŸ’•

  18. nita

    N I throw in sliced zucchini.. wch practically melts, so the veggie slides in.

  19. JMMPA

    I cheat and use the sloppy joe sauce i get at weis.. i use ground turkey and onions and throw in the sloppy joe sauce after the onions are clear and the meat is thoroughly cooked.. My dad loves sloppy joes over hawaiian rolls.

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