Easy Sloppy Joes

by Katie on June 10, 2015

Sometimes you just need a good old delicious sloppy meal – Sloppy Joes to the rescue.  Don’t be confused, I’m not talking about the stuff you dump out of a can and mix with ground beef.  This is a recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes and if you haven’t made them homemade before – you must!

I had someone once say to me, “Did you know that you can make HOMEMADE Sloppy Joes instead of using a can of Manwich?!”.  Haha.  I had to chuckle…of course pretty much anything can be made homemade.  It’s true, though, that we are so often conditioned to just use a can of this or a box of that and don’t even consider another option.

Like macaroni and cheese.  Or salad dressing.  Or granola bars.  Or beans.

Or ICED COFFEE (That one’s for me!  Ha!).

This homemade recipe tastes way better than canned junk and I have to believe it’s better for you.  It doesn’t take long to whip up a batch so it makes for a really easy and quick dinner.  I make a big batch and freeze the leftovers for later.  I normally eat mine just like normal on a bun, but if I’m feeling fancy I toast half of a bun, put the sloppy joe mixture on top, top with a little cheese and broil until the cheese melts – classy at its best!

Being that my diet is gluten-free I’ve had to get rid of most processed or pre-made foods by default.  It just ain’t worth reading every stinking label in a store to see if it’s gluten-free.  If it has a million ingredients I would rather pass.  Making homemade is almost always tastier and better for you…and it’s not all that hard!

What do you love to make homemade instead of buying canned or pre-made?

Easy Sloppy Joes

Easy Sloppy Joes


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon chili powder (more if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more if desired)
  • hot sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • buns


  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium heat. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add in the green peppers and onions. Stir and add 1 cup of water, the ketchup and minced garlic. Stir to combine and add the brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, red pepper flakes, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine, cover and simmer over medium-low heat for about 20 minutes (sometimes I let it go longer to cook down more).
  3. Serve on buns.

Recipe slightly adapted from Pioneer Woman via Food Network

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Misty June 11, 2015 at 8:57 am

This looks delicious! I am definitely going to try it for those quick and easy meal nights. I have a homemade sloppy joe freezer recipe I use that uses celery of all things and it’s delicious, but I am going to give this a try next time.

Homemade soup is so much better than any can out there. :)


Katie June 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm

It’s really good – I’m sure you would like it! Celery is a different addition…but I bet it is really good!!
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Cherie June 12, 2015 at 10:04 pm


You’re back…missed your posts!!!

I make homemade too….I can’t STAND Manwich….(shiver)

Mine is a very simple version bc of all the kids “dislikes”…one doesn’t like pepper…most of them don’t like onions…on and on…..

So mine ends up being mostly ketchup and brown sugar!!! I sneak the onion in powder form….shhhhhh!!!!


Katie June 13, 2015 at 2:36 pm

Awww…thanks! Things have been so busy. Sounds like they are kind of like Dad! Haha. I made them for him once and minced the onion up until it wasn’t recognizable and left out the pepper.


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