Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
We wanted to develop a recipe for Sloppy Joes with a more balanced, less sweet flavor. Cooking the ground beef until just pink—not browned—before adding the sauce ensures the meat stays tender. Combining tomato puree and ketchup yields a sufficiently sweet, rich tomato base. Flavoring the filling with garlic, chili powder, and hot pepper sauce gives the Sloppy Joes some heat to balance the sweetness.
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Course Lunch, Main Course, Sandwiches
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 527 kcal


  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion medium – chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound ground beef 85 percent lean
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion and salt and stir until coated with oil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to burn after 5 minutes, reduce heat to low). Add garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until just pink, about 3 minutes.
  • Add 1/4 teaspoon pepper, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce. Simmer until Sloppy Joe sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Spoon meat mixture onto hamburger buns and serve.


  • If you find yourself with leftover Sloppy Joes or just feel like making a double batch, the meat mixture freezes well for up to one month. To return the meat mixture to its original consistency, you may need to add a little water when it is reheated.


Calories: 527kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 25gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1172mgPotassium: 747mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 564IUVitamin C: 9mgVitamin D: 0.1µgVitamin E: 3mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 5mgZinc: 5mg
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