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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Start to Finish 25 mins

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Skip the canned stuff and make this childhood favorite from scratch. Our simple recipe is just a starting point; try one of our variations or experiment with seasonings.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef or ground pork
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion (1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 small)
  • 1 8 - ounce can tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 -1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Dash of bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 6 kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. In a large skillet cook beef, onion, and sweet pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender, stirring to break up any meat. Drain off fat.
  2. Stir tomato sauce, the water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and hot pepper sauce into beef mixture in skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on rolls.


  • Pizza Joes: Prepare as above, except substitute one 14-ounce jar pizza sauce for the tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and hot pepper sauce. Add 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni. Serve on toasted rolls with slices of mozzarella cheese.


  • Tex-Mex Joes: Prepare as above, except add 1/2 cup fresh or frozen whole kernel corn and 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce with the tomato sauce. Serve on toasted rolls with slices of cheddar or pepper Jack cheese. (This mixture also makes a great taco filling.)


  • Veggie Joes: Prepare as above, except omit ground beef. Cook onion and sweet pepper in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add 2 cups cooked brown rice; one 15- to 16-ounce can red kidney beans (rinsed and drained) and 1/2 cup shredded carrot with tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts

(Sloppy Joes)

Servings Per Recipe 6, cal. (kcal) 311, carb. (g) 35, pro. (g) 20, chol. (mg) 48, Fat, total (g) 10, sat. fat (g) 3, fiber (g) 2, Potassium (mg) 236, sodium (mg) 632, iron (mg) 4, calcium (mg) 71

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