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Homemade Sloppy Joes - Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner!

Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner!

Homemade Sloppy Joes - Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner!

Let’s just say that sloppy joes aren’t just kid-friendly. They are 100% a family-favorite for EVERYONE including all grown-ups. I mean, saucy, tender ground beef goodness with a hint of sweetness served on toasted brioche buns? Yes, sign me up!

Homemade Sloppy Joes - Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner!

You can of course swap out the beef for turkey or pork, and you can use any buns you desire – hamburger buns, pretzel buns, hot dog buns. You name it. I also like to serve mine with some pickles but you can keep them as is. It’s all good here.

Homemade Sloppy Joes - Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner!

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

WHAT KIND OF BREAD DO I USE?

Feel free to choose your favorite kind of buns, and be sure to toast them for the best results possible. I know a lot of people love a pretzel bun but I am partial to a brioche bun.

WHAT DO YOU SERVE THESE WITH?

Frozen (reheated, of course) fries, tots and/or onion rings!

DO I HAVE TO USE GROUND BEEF?

Not at all! Ground pork or ground turkey can be used instead of ground beef.

IS THIS FREEZER-FRIENDLY?

Yes! You can freeze the leftovers in individual freezer bags, thaw overnight, and reheat on the stovetop (adding a tablespoon of water as needed).

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Hands down THE BEST sloppy joes made from scratch! So saucy, so hearty. Serve in hamburger buns for a quick dinner!
5 stars (26 ratings)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground beef, 90/10
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups beef stock
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Heat vegetable oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain excess fat.
  • Add onion and bell pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in tomato paste, garlic, paprika, chili powder and cayenne pepper until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in beef stock, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Stir in ketchup, Dijon, Worcestershire and brown sugar; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened and flavors have blended, about 15-20 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

*TO FREEZE: Let cool completely; portion into plastic freezer bags in individual servings, squeezing out any excess air before sealing. Lay the bags flat in a single layer in the freezer (this will help them freeze quickly). To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge, reheating over low heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through.

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