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Sloppy Joes

This past weekend, I made the classic American minced meat sandwich, Sloppy Joes, for my kids. I was glad they loved my homemade version. I made it with ground beef, smoked paprika, peppers, onion, smoky barbecue sauce, and the good old tomato ketchup. The "Joe" as my son calls it, was smoky, spicy, a little sweet and tangy. Sandwiched between lightly toasted hamburger bun, this Smoky Sloppy Joe was fantastic. Try it!

Sloppy Joes

3 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Large White Onion, finely chopped

1 Large Green Bell Pepper, finely diced
1 Large Yellow Bell Pepper, finely diced
1 Jalapeno Pepper, finely diced
1½ lb Lean Ground Beef
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
½ Cup Tomato Ketchup
¾ Cup Spicy BBQ Sauce (I used Rufus Teague~Blazing Hot)

Sea Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste

10 Regular Hamburger Buns, lightly toasted with garlic butter


Preheat the oven to 350˚F/180˚C.

Heat a large skillet over high heat, add 2 Tbsp of Oil and the ground beef, and cook for about 8 to 9 minutes, until the meat is cooked through but not brown. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon, and discard the liquid.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining olive oil in a large casserole dish over medium heat. Sauté the onion and peppers for a few minutes until it is golden and a bit sticky. Add the cooked ground beef, cook for a few minutes and then stir in the paprika and brown sugar. When you can smell the paprika, add ketchup and BBQ sauce, cook for another 4 to 5 minutes and season the mixture with salt and pepper.

Cover the casserole with a piece of parchment paper and then cover with the lid. Cook in the preheated oven for about 50 minutes, and season with sea salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve the meat mixture with lightly toasted garlic butter hamburger bun.

Makes about 10 Sloppy Joes


  1. That looks amazing comfort food.

  2. Ooh looks so good. I love sloppy joe on hot-dogs and a sprinkling of chopped onions to top it it.

  3. son would love this version of sandwich...I will definitely make this for his supper...he is a crazy muscle builder and he demands more meat in his meal :p so your minced beef sandwich will come in handy . Can't think what to give him for his supper when he is back home. Thanks for this recipe :)
    Have a nice day,

  4. I've never had sloppy joes, but now I really really want to !

  5. There's just something about a homemade sloppy joe that's just way more satisfying than it's Manwich counterpart! Definitely gonna be trying this soon!

  6. I love homemade sloppy joe! Congrats on top 9 :)

  7. Aww. Sloppy Joes always warm the cockles of my heart. A walk down memory lane for me!

  8. it's been 100 years since I've had sloppy joes. yours look absolutely yummy. thanks for bringing back some memories too!

  9. oh yum, great color in your joe. Looks great.

  10. I used this recipe for dinner tonight and we loved it! Thanks!!

  11. @Kathleen: This is great! I am glad you enjoyed it.

  12. I've never tried sloppy joe's at home but this looks delicious!

  13. my bf LOVES sloppy joes, thanks so much for the recipe! :)

  14. We've made this numerous times and LOVE it. We will never go back to those icky cans again. This is a keeper one hands down! Thanks.

  15. Just wanted you to know this blogger is using your picture. You might be cool with that. But in case you aren't.

    1. Hi Mrs Hoff, thanks so much for the link. I really appreciate it.


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