10-Minute Kid Approved Sloppy Joes
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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!
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!
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.
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!
- 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
Cook meat with onion, and bell pepper on the stove in a large skillet. Drain grease if necessary.
Add ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar, garlic powder, and water.
Stir to combine and let simmer for a few minutes until thick. Serve with hamburger buns.
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.
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!
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.
Great idea – thanks Nydia! 😀
My kids love sloppy joes. I am definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks!!
Oh good – thanks Erika 😀
Ohhhh sounds so good! I wasn’t hungry, but now I am… 🙂
I do a can of tomatoe soup and one cup of salsa with one pound of ground beef.
Campbells has a recipe with these 2 things in it plus ripped up tortillas and cheese, it’s very good.
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Will definitely try this!! Thanks!!
Great! Enjoy 😀
Yummy! Perfect for Friday Night! Thank you for sharing this recipe!
Sure! 😀 Thanks for stopping by!
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 🙂 I also make it with diced chicken.
Yum! My family would love that too. 😀
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!
Ya that’s a great tip! Thanks LeAnne 😀
Yes I do this too!!!
Will always think of this video whenever I hear sloppy joes now!! 😂😂😂
I just saw this yesterday! So funny!
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.
Oh great idea!
Perfect, that will be tonight’s dinner 🙂
Nice- enjoy 😉 and thanks for stopping by!
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.
Great idea! Thanks for sharing!
For all of you that sneak in veggies in this meal, how do you do it?
I would just chop them finely and sauté until soft, and add with the meat 👍
Ninja Chop ’em. My kids hate onions, tomatoes and peppers. So I puree them and they never know!
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.
Oh nice I’m trying that! ❤️👍
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.
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.
I use Indian spices n we love that too 💕
N I throw in sliced zucchini.. wch practically melts, so the veggie slides in.
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.
Going to try this for my 46 year old “kid” this week. LOL Thank you!