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Sloppy Joe sandwich on a plate with waffle fries and pickles.

Sloppy Joes

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  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli (adapted from Betty Crocker's Cooking for Two)
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Sandwich
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Old fashioned comfort food at its best! Sloppy Joes are an easy weeknight meal that’s always a hit. Try switching the ground beef for turkey or bison next!


Units Scale
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 pounds ground meat (we like beef, turkey, or bison)
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 stalk celery, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mustard (also known as ground mustard or dried ground mustard seed)

For serving:

  • Hamburger buns, brioche rolls, or your favorite bread
  • Dill pickle chips (optional)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until it begins to soften, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add ground meat and continue cooking, breaking up the large pieces with a wooden spoon occasionally, until browned, draining any excess fat that accumulates in the pan.
  2. Add remaining ingredients (ketchup through dried mustard) and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. Serve Sloppy Joe mixture piled atop your favorite bread and top with cheese and pickles, if desired.


Nutrition information is for sloppy joes only, not buns.



  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 250
  • Sugar: 9.9 g
  • Sodium: 717.9 mg
  • Fat: 6.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 33.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 95.5 mg
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