This old fashioned sloppy joes recipe is a simple thirty minute meal. Hearty and comforting. Made with lean ground beef, peppers and onions in a tangy tomato sauce.
Skip the premade canned sauce mix and make this from scratch. It’s infinitely better tasting and super easy to prepare.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
What Goes With Sloppy Joes?
Add a slice of cheese – this kicks the sandwich up a notch by adding some creaminess.
No Hamburger Buns? No Problem
The following breads make delicious substitutes for hamburger buns. These are a nice variation if you just want something different.
- Biscuits – these make great little sliders.
- Hawaiian rolls – another option for sliders.
- Texas toast – a must for big appetites.
- Crescent rolls – roll some Sloppy Joe meat in a crescent roll and bake.
- Sandwich bread – serve open faced and eat with a fork.
The Best Utensil For Chopping Ground Meat
I use a meat chopper every time I need to brown ground beef. This little utensil breaks up the meat faster than a spatula or spoon. A few simple twists is all it takes to speed up the browning process. This is especially useful if the meat hasn’t defrosted completely. Once the meat is broken up, I then switch to a spatula to finish browning.
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How To Make Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes
For the complete instructions, see the recipe card below.
- Sauté chopped onions and peppers in olive oil till soft. Remove from pan onto a plate. Set aside.
- Brown ground beef till no longer pink. Drain grease.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the browned ground beef.
- Stir all ingredients together. Cover pan. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over toasted hamburger buns.
How To Store
Store leftovers in an airtight, sealed container for up to three days in the refrigerator.
Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes Recipe
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup yellow onion (chopped)
- ½ cup orange bell pepper (seeded and chopped)
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ¼ cup ketchup
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 can tomato sauce (8 ounces)
- 4 hamburger buns (toasted)
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chopped onions and bell peppers. Sauté till softened about 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from skillet onto a plate. Set aside.
- Add ground beef to the skillet and brown till no longer pink over medium heat. Drain grease.
- Stir in the rest of the ingredients including the sautéed onions and peppers till well combined. Cover skillet. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Serve over hamburger buns.
- Store leftovers in an airtight, sealed container for up to three days in the refrigerator.