Go Back
+ servings
A sloppy joe sandwich on a bun.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade sloppy joes are nearly as easy as using a can of sauce, but oh so much tastier!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword kid-friendly recipes, sandwich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 557kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ sweet onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white distilled vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 sandwich rolls


  • Brown the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it up as it cooks.
  • When beef is partially cooked through, add the onion, pepper, and garlic to the pan and continue cooking and stirring until meat is fully cooked and vegetables have softened. Drain grease and return to the pan.
  • Add the ketchup, mustard, vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper to a small bowl and whisk well to combine.
  • Pour the sauce over the ground beef and stir to coat.
  • Simmer the meat mixture for 5 minutes before spooning onto sandwich rolls.


Use any color bell pepper you prefer or leave it out entirely if you have picky eaters. 


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 557kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 1439mg | Potassium: 633mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 42.3mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 4.6mg