Sloppy Joes

Recipe by Terri @ that's some good cookin'

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, small dice
  • 1/2 medium sized green pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • a small dash of red pepper flakes (go easy on these, they pack a heat punch!) (Optional: skip the pepper flakes all together or replace them with a dash of your favorite hot sauce such as Tabasco, Tapatio, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Add ground beef, onion, green pepper, garlic, salt, black pepper, and pepper flakes to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until vegetables are tender and meat is no longer pink. Be sure to break up the hamburger as it cooks. Chunky hamburger meat is not a good idea in sloppy joes.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients: ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, yellow mustard, and water. Stir to combine.
  3. Put lid on skillet and simmer sauce over low heat for 20-30 minutes, stirring often, until at desired consistency.
  4. Serve on hambuger buns.

This is a really good sloppy joe sauce. It should get an award or something.