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Best Sloppy Joe on a white plate with a red mat underneath.

Best Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Glenda Embree
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 sandwiches 1x


One of the simplest and most flavorful Sloppy Joes I’ve ever eaten!  Common pantry ingredients and a quick cooking time makes this a hero dish for weeknight dinners.  Savory, sweet, salty and spicy all in one delicious bite.



For the Beef:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon stone ground mustard ( or yellow mustard)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • (optional) 1/2 teaspoon chipotle pepper powder (or 1/4 teaspoon cayenne)


  1. Add ground beef, onion, garlic and all-purpose seasoning to a cast iron skillet and stir to combine.
  2. Cook the beef mixture over medium heat until no pink remains and the meat is cooked through.  Stir and break up the meat as it cooks to get small crumbles.
  3. Drain off fat from meat.  Set meat aside.
  4. In the same skillet, stir together remaining ingredient.
  5. Heat over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved.
  6. Add the ground beef back to the skillet and continue cooking for about 5 minutes until the mixture is hot through and has thickened up a bit.
  7. Serve on buns.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Category: Main Dish, Beef, Sandwiches
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: beef, sloppy joes, sandwiches