Allow me to toot my own horn, but… this the BEST sloppy joes recipe EVER!! So easy to make, so yummy to eat and is the perfect family favorite to serve at all your summer get-togethers.

THE BEST SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

BEST SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

If you’re looking for the Best Sloppy Joes, you’re going to love this recipe. No other sandwich out there can compete with this delicious mess!

I just love eating Sloppy Joes. It’s like taking everything that you’ve ever learned about manners and just tossing them right out the window. And when the word “messy” is part of the name of the food, you know it’s going to be good. 

HOMEMADE SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

SLOPPY JOES FROM SCRATCH

Kids all over the world rejoice in getting to eat Sloppy Joes because of their fun factor, for sure. But why I think that this is the Best Sloppy Joes recipe ever is because I love that it has a tad bit of sweetness in each and every bite. My little secret added ingredient? Just a pinch (or two!) of brown sugar. Does the trick every single time.

That sweetness combined with the flavor of ketchup is like a match made in heaven. One bite and I think you’ll agree. With the summer months literally right around the corner, now’s the time to make this Sloppy Joe recipe. 

Just have a picnic outside and then hose off the kids before they come inside the house. (if the weather is super hot, they’ll love it!)

Have fun making this Sloppy Joe recipe because it’s just as much fun to eat! 

BEST SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

SLOPPY JOE INGREDIENTS

For this recipe, you’ll just need these ingredients:

  • GROUND BEEF: if you prefer, you can use ground turkey as well. 
  • ONION: doesn’t onion just go in everything?!
  • CELERY: you want this to be chopped very finely for the right texture.
  • KETCHUP: perfect for the base of all the flavors.
  • WATER: you need to make it a sloppy joe sauce somehow, right?!
  • LEMON JUICE: this adds the right amount of flavor and fat to the mixture.
  • BROWN SUGAR: this really balances out all the flavors!
  • WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE: might sound strange… but so good in this recipe!
  • SALT: salt is kind of necessary…. on EVERYTHING!
  • VINEGAR: just a tad added, be careful not to add to much!
  • DRY MUSTARD: how can you ever say no to this stuff?!

SLOPPY JOES INGREDIENTS

HOW TO MAKE SLOPPY JOES

Scroll down below for the full printable step-by-step recipe!

  • FRY MEAT: In a large skillet pan, brown ground beef, onion, and celery; drain fat.
  • ADD INGREDIENTS: Add ketchup, water, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, vinegar, and dry mustard; stir to combine. Cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • SERVE AND ENJOY: Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite toppings and enjoy and enjoy!

EASY SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

CAN I MAKE THESE SLOPPY JOES IN THE CROCKPOT?

Yes, you can make this sloppy joes recipe in the slow cooker. I like to make these sloppy joes in the crockpot when we are having a party. To make sloppy joes in the crockpot, brown the meat first and then throw the rest of the ingredients in the slow cooker, stir and cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.

CAN I FREEZE SLOPPY JOES FOR LATER?

ABSOLUTELY!! Just make the sloppy joes, and freeze it in small containers or freezer bags. You can freeze it for 3-6 months. To reheat frozen sloppy joes, defrost & reheat in the microwave or in a pan.

HOW TO MAKE SLOPPY JOES

WHAT ARE THE BEST TOPPINGS ON SLOPPY JOES?

We love adding these toppings to our sloppy joes:

  • sliced cheese
  • pickles
  • bacon
  • fried crispy onions straws (my favorite!)
  • sour cream
  • potato chips

WHAT ARE THE BEST SIDES WITH SLOPPY JOES?

We LOVE to use salads as sides such as potato salad, broccoli salad, or a delicious pasta salad! Fries, chips, or roasted veggies make great sides too.

HOMEMADE SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

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THE BEST SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

Yield: SERVES 8-10

THE BEST SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

This the BEST sloppy joes recipe EVER!! So easy to make, yummy to eat and is the perfect family favorite to serve at all your summer get-togethers.

THE BEST SLOPPY JOES RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet pan, brown ground beef, onion, and celery. Drain fat.
  2. Add ketchup, water, lemon juice, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, vinegar, and dry mustard. Stir to combine.
  3. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 631mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 25g

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