30 Minutes or Less, Beef, Sandwiches

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Once you try this easy Sloppy Joe recipe, you’ll never go back to store bought sauce again. Packed with flavor, ground beef is sauteed with diced bell peppers, celery, and onions and seasoned with a yummy homemade sauce.

Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

After 11 years of marriage, The Husband recently revealed to me that one of his favorite meals growing up was Sloppy Joe’s.

I must admit, I did not share his childhood fondness for Sloppy Joe’s. I think it was the sauce that caused my aversion. And maybe it was because the sauce I grew up eating came straight from a can.

I learned to get over my aversion because Sloppy Joe’s are cheap, quick to throw together on a busy weeknight, and everyone else in my family enjoys them. However, I knew there had to be something out there better than what I grew up eating.

Turns out, there is something better. Way better.

Easy Sloppy Joe RecipeFirst, I added some trinity – diced onion, green bell pepper, and celery – into my ground beef. It not only adds flavor, but it’s a great way to sneak some veggies in. I kid you not, my children, who would normally balk at the notion of eating celery, never knew it was in there.

Yes, making your own sauce involves more than opening a can. But not much. Even with a few added steps required to make this truly homemade, it’s still on the table in under 30 minutes.

Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

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Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe
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4.84 from 6 votes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Once you try this easy sloppy joe recipe, you'll never go back to store bought sauce again. Packed with flavor, ground beef is sautéed with diced bell peppers, celery, and onions and seasoned with a yummy homemade sauce.
Course Main Courses
Cuisine American
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup onions diced
  • ¼ cup celery diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef until no longer pink, about 8 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, remove the ground beef to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Set aside. Reserve at least two tablespoons of the grease in the skillet.
  • Add the onions, celery and bell peppers to the skillet. Sautee the vegetables for an additional 8-10 minutes until they are tender.
  • Return the ground beef to the skillet.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, Worcestershire and mustard. Pour the sauce over the ground beef. Stir until combined and heated through. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.


  1. It’s a good quick recipe when you need to get something on the table fast.

  2. You know I have never tried sloppy joes, but yoru recipe is inspiring me to do so. Looks so tantalizing!

  3. 5 stars
    I love sloppy joes but my husband not so much! I think, as you said it was the sauce from the can. This homemade version looks like the perfect compromise! I’ll just rename it! 🙂 then he’ll never know!

  4. 5 stars

    Sloppy Joes are one of my favourite and this looks so yummy and very easy to make!

  5. 5 stars

    I had an aversion to sloppy joes growing up too. I will definitely need to try yours! It looks so much better and I love the addition of those vegetables.

  6. 5 stars

    Great recipe. I agree that the can tends to be too sweet for my tastes now – but I did like it as a kid!

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