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Recipe for best damn sloppy joes

Best Damn Sloppy Joes

  • Author: RecipeTeacher
  • Total Time: 45 min
  • Yield: 6-8 servings


Easy recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes is loaded with awesome flavors and uses simple ingredients to make this family favorite!


  • 1.5 lbs. Ground Beef (85% lean)
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Steak Sauce (A1)
  • 1/2 Medium Onion, diced
  • 1/2 Sweet Bell pepper, diced (red or green)
  • 1 tbs Tomato Paste
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbs Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbs Honey
  • 1 tbs Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbs Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste



  1. In a bowl, add the ketchup, steak sauce, honey, Worcestershire, vinegar, brown sugar, mustard, tomato paste and water. Mix well with a whisk and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, add the beef, onions and peppers. Add onion and garlic powder, and any salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 tsp each). Sauté over a medium flame until beef is browned. Drain fat.
  3. Add sauce and bring to a simmer over low-medium heat. Once it starts to simmer, reduce heat to low and cover for 15-20 minutes, stirring every couple of minutes.
  4. After the 15-20 minutes minutes, remove lid and continue to heat, uncovered, for another 5 minutes or until sauce reaches desired thickness.
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: about 30 min
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American