April 13, 2024

Sloppy Joes


Sloppy Joes – A Weeknight Hero!

Loved by kids and adults alike, Sloppy Joes versatility allows you to customize with your favorite ingredients.

Plus, it’s quick to prepare, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

Say goodbye to mealtime stress and hello to a delicious, hearty meal that everyone will love!

sloppy joe ingredients

Ways to serve Sloppy Joes

  1. Classic Sloppy Joes on Buns:
    • Serve the savory mixture on soft hamburger buns for a classic Sloppy Joe experience.
    • Optionally, top with a slice of cheese, pickles, or crispy lettuce for extra flavor and texture.
  2. Over Baked Potatoes:
    • Bake large russet potatoes until tender, then split them open and fluff the insides with a fork.
    • Spoon the hearty mixture over the potatoes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
    • Top with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt and chopped chives.
  3. Sloppy Joe Stuffed Bell Peppers:
    • Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes.
    • Stuff each pepper half with the Sloppy Joe mixture, pressing it down gently.
    • Sprinkle with shredded cheese and bake until the peppers are tender and the filling is heated through.
  4. Healthy Lettuce Wraps:
    • For a lighter option, serve the Sloppy Joe mixture in crisp lettuce leaves.
    • Spoon the filling onto each lettuce leaf and wrap it up like a taco.
    • Garnish with sliced avocado, diced tomatoes, and a squeeze of lime juice for freshness.

Recipe variations to mix it up!

  1. Spicy Chipotle Sloppy Joes:
    • Add finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce to the mixture for an extra kick of smoky heat.
    • Garnish with sliced jalapeños or pepper jack cheese for even more spice.
  2. Barbecue Sloppy Joes:
    • Replace the tomato sauce with your favorite barbecue sauce for a tangy twist.
    • Consider adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for a touch of acidity to balance the sweetness of the bbq sauce.
  3. Asian-Inspired Sloppy Joes:
    • Substitute the Worcestershire sauce with soy sauce for an Asian flavor profile.
    • Add grated ginger and a splash of rice vinegar to the mixture for depth of flavor.
    • Garnish with sliced green onions and sesame seeds for a finishing touch.
  4. Vegetarian Lentil Sloppy Joes:
    • Replace the ground turkey with cooked lentils for a vegetarian version of Sloppy Joes.
    • Follow the same cooking instructions, adjusting the cooking time as needed since lentils are already cooked.
    • You can also add diced carrots, celery, and zucchini for extra vegetables and texture.

Sloppy Joes

Natasha Pehrson Print Recipe
sloppy joe ingredients
Yield 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (or turkey)
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 cups all-natural tomato sauce no salt or sugar added
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Chop the onion, red bell pepper, and garlic cloves.
  • In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook, breaking it apart with a spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Once cooked, transfer the beef to a plate and set it aside.
  • In the same skillet, add the remaining teaspoon of olive oil. Add the chopped onion and red bell pepper. Sauté until they are softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chopped garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  • Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in the all-natural tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot pepper sauce, and pure maple syrup. Season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt, pepper, hot sauce, or maple syrup according to your taste preferences.


  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  • Reheat gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.
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