The Perfect Homemade Sloppy Joes

The Perfect Homemade Sloppy Joes

Dive into the BEST sloppy joe you've ever had! I promise you, this will be the best homemade sloppy joe you've ever made. Serve this delicious recipe and watch in awe as everyone falls in love with your sloppy joes!

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What you need:


Balsamic vinegar

Brown sugar

Chili powder




and more...

Chili sauce

In a medium bowl, add ketchup, chili sauce, water, vinegar, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, mustard, red pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato paste. Stir well to combine and set aside.


Heat butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add onion and bell pepper.


You can as well use olive oil instead or a combination of the two. Cook until soft; this should roughly take 3 - 5 minutes.


Add garlic and cook for another minute or two or until the smell flares up.


Increase heat to high, add ground beef and cook until brown. Break it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Once it's done, drain off the excess fat.


Stir in the liquid mixture, add salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the meat mixture thickens.


Serve on toasted hamburger buns with mustard, pickles, bell peppers, and cheese if you want. I also like to use pretzel buns or a brioche bun.

Cooking Tips

Toast your buns on the grill or grill pan. Simply melt butter on the pan. Cut the toasted bun into halves and place the cut sides on the pan. Toast until light golden brown.


Your ground beef mixture shouldn't be too runny. It should have a thick sticky texture. If it's too thin, let it simmer with the lid off until it is as thick as you want it. Otherwise, you can use corn starch to thicken your recipe.


If you're using 70/30 or 80/20 ground beef, it's a good idea to drain the fat by using a spoon to remove the fat drippings. Brown the ground beef, then drain the grease.


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