Sloppy Joes

Dinner at our house is a constant compromise- I am a made-from-scratch kind of girl, whereas The Boyfriend prefers as few steps as possible, with take-out being the ideal.  There’s also a fair amount of waxing nostalgic over certain items that were staples on both of our dinner tables growing up – frozen veggies and various canned/boxed meal helpers.  As a result, I’m often on the lookout for ways to make some of those dinners, but in a way that I can control the ingredients and season for our grown-up palates.


These Sloppy Joes check all of those boxes – a throwback comfort-food meal, but homemade, and tweaked to amp up the flavor and quality over the premade stuff.  Even better, the recipe is simple, and uses basic ingredients that won’t require a separate trip to the grocery store.  From start to finish, these made-from-scratch Sloppy Joes will be on the table in under an hour.

Sloppy Joes

The recipe below is balanced for our taste preferences, but I would definitely recommend tasting as you cook so that you can find the perfect flavors for your family.  I often add a bit more cayenne to kick up the spice a bit.  If you prefer a sweeter sauce, you could add brown sugar or molasses for a bit more depth.  If you want to go tangier, apple cider vinegar will add additional acid.  This is a very flexible recipe, so customize for your preferences!

What are your favorite childhood dinners re-imagined for grown-up palates?  Let me know in the comments section!

Sloppy Joes

  • Difficulty: Easy
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You'll never go back to a canned mix again after you try this easy, delicious Sloppy Joes' recipe, ready in just forty-five minutes!

Sloppy Joes 2


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced bell pepper
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and bell pepper; drain off liquid and place back on heat.
  2. Stir in mustard, garlic powder, ketchup, BBQ sauce, and cayenne pepper; mix thoroughly.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Season with salt and pepper.

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