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The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe

Saucy, beefy and so satisfying. We’re convinced this is the BEST recipe for a homemade Sloppy Joe. Ground beef in a hearty tomato sauce served on toasted hamburger buns is a great idea for lunch or dinner.

There’s no match for a warm homemade sandwich, from Grilled Cheese to our famous Philly Cheesesteak. This Sloppy Joe Recipe is definitely at the top of our list.

Sloppy joe sandwich on a plate with chips and pickles.

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This delicious sloppy joe recipe is such a simple recipe and so inexpensive to make, a budget-friendly family dinner. The tender and juicy ground beef are sauteed with green peppers and onion then cooked in a hearty tomato sauce.

Having some go-to ground beef recipes like Cheeseburger Sliders, Taco Salad, or Sloppy Joes will make dinner time a breeze. If you have some ground beef in the freezer and need an easy meal idea, this is a must-try.

Sloppy Joe Ingredients

  • Ground Beef – use lean ground beef (85-90% lean). If using a higher fat content, you will need to skim off the extra fat once the beef is cooked.
  • Bell pepper – we used green, but you can substitute a different color in a pinch.
  • Onion & Garlic – these aromatics add great flavor and disappear into the sauce so picky eaters won’t complain.
  • Homemade Sauce – just a few simple pantry ingredients will make a sauce that’s better than any store-bought sauce. The combination of tomato sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard, and Worcestershire hits all the right flavor notes; sweet, savory, and tangy.
Ingredients for making sloppy joes

How to Make Sloppy Joes

  1. Chop veggies – Finely chop the onion and green bell pepper.
  2. Make sauce – In a bowl, combine worcestershire sauce, yellow mustard, water, brown sugar, and tomato sauce.
  3. Saute beef – In a deep skillet, heat oil over med/high heat. Add the ground beef and break up as it is being cooked. Season with salt and pepper and add in the finely chopped onion and green pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender.
  4. Add sauce – Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant. Pour in the sauce and cook over medium high heat until the sauce comes to a soft boil.
  5. Simmer – Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, add more salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Serve – spoon the saucy beef mixture on toasted buns and serve as sandwiches.

Pro Tip: If you prefer a spicy Sloppy Joes, add some hot sauce or sriracha to the sauce.

Step by step collage of how to make homemade sloppy joes from scratch.

To Serve

There are so many different ways to enjoy a sloppy joe. You’ll make to try them all:

  • Classic – Serve this with toasted hamburger buns for the classic sloppy joe recipe.
  • Grilled Cheese – Add the meat mixture when making a Grilled Cheese for a hearty sandwich.
  • Pizza – Add on homemade pizza dough and top with cheese for a delicious sloppy joe pizza recipe.
  • Loaded fries– There is nothing better than loaded fries, top your fries with some cheese and sloppy joe filling.
  • Chili dogs – Add the meat sauce to your hot dogs.
  • Baked potato – Take loaded baked potato to the next level by topping with this meat sauce.
Sloppy Joes in-between toasted sandwich buns toasted to perfection.

Common Questions

What type of ground beef do I use?

For this recipe, you want to use 85% or 90% lean ground beef.

Can I make this recipe in a slow cooker?

These EASY sloppy joes are GREAT to make in the crockpot. Once the meat is browned on a skillet, just add it along with all the other ingredients into the crockpot and cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

What is the difference between a sloppy joe and Manwich?

This sloppy joe recipe is homemade and made from scratch. Manwich is a pre-made store-bought sauce used to make sloppy joes.

How can I spice up my sloppy joe?

If you like spicy foods, add some jalapenos along with the green peppers.

Make-Ahead

  • Refrigerating – Let the meat sauce cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days in an airtight container.
  • Freezing – Once the mixture is cooled, add to freeze-friendly containers or freezer bags and freeze for up to 2-3 months. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Reheating – A general rule of thumb is that it’s best to reheat a recipe the same way it was cooked. Warm the meat sauce on the stovetop in a skillet or saucepan until hot. You can microwave, but use a microwave shield to catch messy splatter.
Sloppy joe meat sauce made ahead

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The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe

4.98 from 410 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Sloppy Joe sandwich served with chips and pickles

The BEST recipe for a homemade Sloppy Joe! Ground beef in a hearty tomato sauce on toasted hamburger buns. The perfect recipe for lunch or dinner.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joes
Cuisine: American
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Calories: 365
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 small green bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, 85%-90% lean
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt, or to taste
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted if desired

Instructions

  1. Finely chop the onion. Seed and finely dice the green pepper.

  2. In a bowl, combine the Worcestershire sauce, mustard, water, brown sugar, and tomato sauce.

  3. Place a large skillet or dutch oven over medium/high heat. Add olive oil and ground beef. Saute the beef for about 5 minutes until cooked through and longer pink, breaking it up with a spatula. Season with salt and pepper and add in the diced peppers and onion. Cook another 5 minutes until the veggies are tender and beef is browned.

  4. Add the minced garlic and saute 30 seconds until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add in the sauce and bring to a light boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for about 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve on toasted buns for Sloppy Joe Sandwiches.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 365 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 1197mg52%
Potassium 916mg26%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 521IU10%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 119mg12%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Beth Smith
    May 18, 2022

    This is the first of Natasha’s recipes I would tweak next time. I would not add as much brown sugar and I would add some tomato paste to it. I used Contadina sauce and did not need to add any water.

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  • Cheryl
    May 17, 2022

    Delicious, my husband loved it. I tried others but this one was just right.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 17, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Susan
    May 13, 2022

    These were the best sloppy Joes that I have ever had! I used a teaspoon of honey instead of brown sugar.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 13, 2022

      So glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Terry
    May 11, 2022

    Added 1/4 cup brown sugar and can of tomato paste. Delicious ❤️❤️❤️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 11, 2022

      Nice, thank a lot for sharing!

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  • Rich
    May 11, 2022

    I kept adding ingredients because was definitely unimpressive. I guess my tastebuds are different than yours I should’ve bought a can of manwhich.

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  • Cathy Guest
    May 5, 2022

    I’ve been making sloppy joes for years, but this was my first time using this recipe. Absolutely delicious, big hit with my husband and daughter! I did add a bit more brown sugar but that’s just personal preference. Thanks for my new go-to recipe for sloppy joes!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 5, 2022

      Hello Cathy, thank you for the nice feedback and I’m glad you tried this recipe and loved it!

      Reply

  • Dawn
    May 5, 2022

    Hello Natasha!
    So, my father in law is a retired chef from Hershey PA. This can be very intimidating since we have him over for dinner quite often-
    This Sloppy-joe recipe was a hit! for him and ME! LOL

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 5, 2022

      Wow! That’s so great! I’m so glad it was a hit, Dawn!

      Reply

  • Sara
    May 4, 2022

    I will be honest that I LOVE a lot of flavour, like spice and tang, so that is to say that not everyone does. So when I tried this recipe, because everything I have made from Natasha’s kitchen has been delicious, I didn’t realize how important the tomato sauce you use is.
    Mine was straight tomato and no additives, so I tasted everything as I was cooking and thought, if I had went with a different tomato sauce it would have oomphed it up. All I added was more mustard, (there is my tang ! ) some herbs and a sprinkle of beef base, since I didn’t have any Worcestershire sauce.
    My kids had three full helpings of this and regardless of the small things I changed, I think this recipe as a base and add to each own individual preference, is perfect. Thanks again for a meal I think I will be demanded to make often !

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      May 4, 2022

      Hi Sara! That is great to hear. So glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the excellent review.

      Reply

  • VLD
    April 30, 2022

    Too thin and not flavorful. Too much garlic, as well. I had to doctor the sauce a lot, and it was still disappointing overall. I will not use this recipe again.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 1, 2022

      Sorry to hear that you didn’t like the recipe. We’ve always used the same exact recipe and we’ve always had great results.

      Reply

  • Rodger B
    April 30, 2022

    My 5th time making and I love this recipe. I adjust taste for my liking.
    Isn’t that’s what all recipes are for!!
    Thank you for this recipe, it’s great!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Rodger!

      Reply

  • Monique
    April 25, 2022

    Love all the natural ingredients. This will be my go to family recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 25, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Monique!

      Reply

  • Patty Moring
    April 23, 2022

    When browning the ground beef and onion also add a nice splash of vinegar (apple). It really adds nice flavor,

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 23, 2022

      Thank you for sharing with us, Patty.

      Reply

  • Eileen
    April 22, 2022

    Truly delicious! I added some locally made pineapple hot sauce. Served in buttered oven toasted buns. Not a fan of Sloppy Joes in the past but I am now. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 22, 2022

      That sounds delicious! Thank you for the review. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Roxann
    April 22, 2022

    Absolutely delicious. I used yellow bell peppers instead of green and a little less garlic. I h ave to admit I usually buy Manwich but no more! So, so much better.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 22, 2022

      So much better! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe. Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Leslie
    April 20, 2022

    So good and easy. I added 1/2 cup shredded cheddar and served on toasted buns.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 20, 2022

      Sounds delicious! Thank you for shariing.

      Reply

  • Michael
    April 19, 2022

    Great recipe. Everyone loved it! I will use this recipe again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 19, 2022

      Thank you! I’m glad to hear that.

      Reply

  • Brooke
    April 9, 2022

    This really is the best! It was so easy and so much better tasting than the store bought canned stuff. I will not buy the canned sloppy joe sauce again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      I’m so happy to hear this was hit, Brooke! Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

      Reply

    • Eddie
      May 3, 2022

      The ingredients are spot on! Delicious like your many other recipes I have tried.

      Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        May 3, 2022

        Thank you Eddie!

        Reply

  • Becky
    April 6, 2022

    Family, including 24 & 22 year old sons loved it! Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner. Served with fries.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 6, 2022

      Great to hear that they loved this recipe, Becky!

      Reply

  • Ned
    April 5, 2022

    Not sure what everyone is raving about with this recipe. I found it very bland. Had to add BBQ sauce, horseradish and finally some Peri Peri sauce to get things going. If you like very bland food this is probably for you.

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    • Ln
      April 24, 2022

      I just made this myself and there is no taste/flavor. I followed the instructions perfectly as it’s very easy. I’m not sure my husband will like it. Needs something else but I can’t put my finger on it.

      Reply

    • Matt C
      April 25, 2022

      Same thing with us. Everyone in my family was pretty disappointed with it. It didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t have any taste at all, not sure where everyone is getting a ton a flavor from. Haven’t done sloppy joes in forever though this would be a nice change, sadly it was not. We’re having Manwich next time.

      Reply

  • Selene’s mom
    March 30, 2022

    Correction, the review is now posted again with a reply. My apologies😑

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 30, 2022

      No worries. 🙂

      Reply

  • Selene’s mom
    March 29, 2022

    Great basic sloppy joe recipe. For whatever reason, the tomato sauce? The beef?, it needed a little something. Remedied it with tomato paste, a splash of vinegar and a little more brown sugar. 👍🏻

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Sue
    March 23, 2022

    I freeze the sloppy Joe mixture in muffin pans than I take them out and put in a freezer bag. This way I can have a quick sandwich.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 24, 2022

      That’s a good idea, Sue! Glad you always make it ahead.

      Reply

  • Pam LeTard
    March 22, 2022

    Looks so yummy. I will try it. My husband loves Sloppy Joe’s.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 22, 2022

      I hope you both love it, Pam!

      Reply

  • Lynn Arroyo
    March 21, 2022

    This is not recioe I’ve used for years with 2 exceptions ….. for one I use 1 cup catsup instead of tomato sauce …. I also use 2 tbsp mustard and worsteshire sauce and at the very end I add 2 to 3 tbsp of white vinegar ☺️

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 21, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Lynn! I hope you love our version!

      Reply

  • Sharon
    March 21, 2022

    This is my new favorite sloppy joe! Made a lot of different ons and happy I found this one. Thanks!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2022

      Wonderful! I am happy you have found a new favorite. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Angela
    March 20, 2022

    Natasha’s Kitchen is my “go to” for simple and delicious recipes and this Sloppy Joe recipe is no exception! Was able to find all organic ingredients, including the buns. I toped these babies off with my homemade cole slaw and that took it up a notch. Toasting the buns are a must. My husband is already asking me to make this again!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 20, 2022

      Hello Angela, thank you so much for your trust. I hope you and your family will love all the recipes that you will try.

      Reply

  • Elsa
    March 15, 2022

    This is the best sloppy joe recipe I have made. Delicious. Thank so much

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 15, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed that, Elsa! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Linda
    February 28, 2022

    My husband likes the canned stuff. Me? I can live without it. I decided to make this for him tonight. Easy, since every ingredient is always in our house. He asked me to write it down and put it in the recipe box, so that he could make it too. That is a ringing endorsement right there.I cut the recipe in half, since there are only two of us. Tasty!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 28, 2022

      I’m so glad it was a hit, Linda! That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Paula
    February 28, 2022

    This is so easy, and so delicious. I actually ate three and I’m sleeping it off. You have to try these.

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  • Jim
    February 23, 2022

    She’s right. This stuff kicks ass. Apparently this comment was too short, so it really, Really REALLY kicks ass. Really.

    Reply

  • Pamela
    February 22, 2022

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I did add some jarred spaghetti sauce and a little more brown sugar and it was perfect! Not watery at all, perfect consistency!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 22, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Pamela!

      Reply

  • Bruce
    February 19, 2022

    Based on the ingredients, I can’t understand why the sodium levels are so high.

    Does this really contain 1197 mg sodium/serving?

    If so, is there any way to drastically reduce that?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 19, 2022

      Hi Bruce, we will look into the accuracy of that. My suggestion is that you look for no salt added or low sodium tomato sauce and reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce to help reduce the amount of sodium in this recipe.

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  • Gloria
    February 18, 2022

    This was the perfect meal for a snow day! It was simple, inexpensive and delicious. Plus, you can control the salt intake rather than buy the sauce from a jar or can.

    Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 18, 2022

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Gloria!

      Reply

  • Alma Christian
    February 13, 2022

    If I double this recipe, should I change the amount of the ingredients? Thank you. I am looking forward to making this for my grandchildren.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2022

      Hi Alma, you may go to the recipe card and click servings to adjust the ingredients too.

      Reply

  • Patricia Fiebig
    February 7, 2022

    I made “The Best Sloppy Joe” recipe tonight. Although I have tried many different Sloppy Joe recipes, this one is the best, my husband loved it! Thank you!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Patricia!

      Reply

  • Malcolm
    February 7, 2022

    Brioche hamburger buns knock any sloppy Joe out of the park !

    Reply

  • Michele
    February 6, 2022

    This sounds really good. Do I need to drain the grease from the meat?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      Hi Michele, it really depends on your preference but for a healthier version you can drain the grease.

      Reply

  • Brittany
    January 25, 2022

    I wanted to find a recipe that I could make ahead and leave in the crockpot the next day. I grew up with a mother who made this from scratch and was so happy to find a similar recipe. It tastes like home! 🙂 This can be used over fries, spaghetti, potatoes… I could have it on anything. It’s delicious!!! Thanks for sharing, Natasha.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 25, 2022

      Aww, I love that this tastes like home! That’s so great, Brittany! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Deanna
    January 15, 2022

    About once a year, I get a craving for sloppy Joes. A few weeks ago, I tried this recipe. It was so good that I made it again today. I even made extra so l could freeze some for the next time my family wants some. It is a most excellent recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite!

      Reply

  • Mia
    January 10, 2022

    It would be nice if I didn’t have to read through 4 paragraphs trying to find the measurements of everything. And then once you finally get through all the bs there isn’t even a guide. Just add tomato sauce and garlic okay but how much? Where is this information???
    This should lower your credit score.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      Hi Mia, each recipe has a recipe card. We have a handy red icon at the top of the page: “Jump to recipe.” Click on that to get to another recipe card. We share tips on substitutions, storing, etc., in the paragraphs above. I hope you love this recipe!

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    • Kathy
      January 21, 2022

      Mia I hope you run across something that makes you smile today!

      Reply

    • Brittany
      January 25, 2022

      She tells you how much you need in the ingredient list. Is this the first recipe that you’ve looked up online? They’ve been posted this way for years.

      Reply

  • McNessa VanRaven
    January 9, 2022

    We love these Sloppy Joes! I follow the recipe to the letter and let it cook down for 10+ minutes and its perfect!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      Love it! Thanks so much for your comments, McNessa.

      Reply

  • Doug Price
    January 7, 2022

    I followed the recipe with two exceptions. Instead of one cup of tomato sauce, I used 1/2 cup of chili sauce and 1/4 cup of hot tomato sauce. Delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 7, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Deanna
    December 12, 2021

    This makes a very good, basic sloppy Joe. By basic, I mean that it is safe to serve when you have family that has a member who cannot stand spicy food. It does not have the heat of Tabasco or peppers, but one can easily see that by reading the recipe. Just add some heat if that’s what you want. But if you are feeding a group who’s tastes range from very mild to very spicy, this is the perfect starting spot. Just scoop some out and spice it up, or put a bottle of Tabasco on the table and let them do their own spicing.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 12, 2021

      Hello Deanna, thank you so much for your detailed feedback. It is helpful for others who want to try this recipe. We appreciate the review!

      Reply

  • Dana Amazeen
    December 7, 2021

    Tried this the other date and it was great, added some red pepper flakes for some heat. however I left out the water. As I’seen posted before, it didn’t seem needed. maybe if you used tomato paste instead of sauce. Still loved it with a little kick!

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    • Dana E Amazeen
      December 7, 2021

      Tried this the other date and it was great, added some red pepper flakes for some heat. however I left out the water, as I’ve seen posted before, it didn’t seem needed. Maybe if you used tomato paste instead of sauce. I didn’t try with paste. Much better than any canned sauce.

      Reply

  • Gwen
    December 7, 2021

    I didn’t have green peppers on hand and only an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce, so I added a drained 14.5 oz. can of Rotel Tomatoes – with green chilies with the 8 oz. can of tomato sauce and it gave it the perfect kick. I also added a slice of Colby Jack and the toasted bun just brought my Sloppy Joes to a gourmet level. So good! Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 7, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Gwen! I’m glad you loved that!

      Reply

  • Annette
    December 2, 2021

    Made this today for my brothers lunch. It turned out great and they love it. Taste so much better than the can stuff 😋

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 2, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Annette!

      Reply

  • M. Shelton
    November 24, 2021

    I just add a little extra brown sugar and a few shakes of hot sauce. And I used dry onion and garlic in place of fresh. Oh and a orange pepper because I’m making it the night before Thanksgiving and I’m not going back to the store for a green pepper.
    lol. Thanks for sharing, it turned out great.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 24, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, M! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    • Neal K.
      January 28, 2022

      I agree. One tablespoon of brown sugar isn’t enough for my taste. And adding heat is always a matter of personal preference.

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  • Susan Hash
    November 22, 2021

    I’m glad I saw other comments about it being too watery because mine was too and I followed the recipe verbatim. I almost didn’t add the water because it actually already looked too soupy before that. BUT, the flavor was good. I did use chicken instead of beef and wonder if that might have made the difference.

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    • Natasha
      November 23, 2021

      Hi Susan, that could have made a difference using chicken instead of beef, especially if the amount was different. Also, make sure to use a large skillet since a smaller saucepan doesn’t have as much surface area to evaporate liquid the same way which could cause it to be watery. I’m not sure what else it would be. I haven’t had this turn out watery before.

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  • Audrey
    November 21, 2021

    Besides omitting the bell pepper, I did not change any other ingredient. All I could taste was mustard. My family thought it tasted weird. That’s WAY too much mustard. Let me know if you know a way to counteract this terrible flavor.

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    • Natasha
      November 22, 2021

      Hi Audrey, 1 tsp of mustard should not be overpowering. Did you possibly add 1 Tablespoon by mistake? Also, did you make sure to add everything else as stated which helps to balance the flavors?

      Reply

  • Ruben
    November 20, 2021

    Recipe is too bland tasting like tomato and water (go figure)It is a good base but I found myself adding more seasoning plus ketchup and more brown sugar. I’ve always enjoyed a little more sweetness. What exact brand of tomato sauce are you using?

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    • Natasha
      November 23, 2021

      Hi Ruben this works with a variety of brands of tomato sauce, just make sure to use tomato sauce and not marinara which is thinner and less concentrated.

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  • J Ren
    November 19, 2021

    Agree that it is bland and definitely watery. Too much liquid and a recipe with ketchup is for sure the way to go.

    Reply

    • Natasha
      November 22, 2021

      Hi, normally this should not be watery. Did you use a smaller saucepan versus a skillet? A skillet has a larger surface area to simmer off any excess liquid. Or were any substitutions or changes made in ingredients or the process?

      Reply

  • Miss Paula
    November 14, 2021

    Bland and watery (and I didn’t even add the water called for).

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    • Natasha
      November 14, 2021

      Hi Paula, I’m not sure why it would be watery unless a different type of tomato product was substituted with a higher liquid content?

      Reply

  • Monica
    November 14, 2021

    This was so easy to make and so delicious! I will definitely be using this as my go to recipe!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 14, 2021

      I’m happy to hear that, Monica. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Cheri
    November 5, 2021

    I just made this. It was really goid. I added basil, chili powder, and paparika. Yummy. Everyone loved it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 5, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Cheri!

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  • Dawn
    November 3, 2021

    Another hit Natasha….thanks for sharing. This will be a keeper recipe in our home. I always trust your recipes

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 4, 2021

      I appreciate your trust and support, Dawn. Thanks a lot!

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  • Sara
    November 2, 2021

    Faulty recipe. You indicated to mix the diced onions a green pepper to the sauce. The you instructed to add vegs to cooked meet. Confusing

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      Hi Sara, the only mention of “vegetables” in this recipe is when we say: “Cook until vegetables are tender.” Do you recall what step you see that in?

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  • Ron
    November 2, 2021

    I love sloppy joe’s and this recipe was spot on!! I added a red pepper to it “so it wasn’t wasted ” gave half to my Sister and her grandchildren devoured it.. I’m gonna try it on hotdogs for lunch

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      Sounds great! Thanks for sharing your experience trying out this recipe, Ron.

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  • Cheryl Gratton
    November 1, 2021

    This is very close to a sloppy joe recipe I found some years ago, and reminds me of my childhood – much better than Manwich! In my recipe, ketchup is used instead of tomato sauce, and no water is added. That might be helpful for those complaining about lack of flavor or being too watery. Also, I like to let it simmer in an open pan for at least a half hr, sometimes more. I try to resist stirring it for a bit, as that adds a nice carmelized flavor – I found this out when I forgot to stir it once. I might try it with the tomato sauce one of these times, since it would be cheaper and healthier. Thanks, Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      November 2, 2021

      What a great suggestion, Cheryl. Thank you for sharing that with us, I’m sure that will be helpful to a lot of people here. We appreciate your input!

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  • Matt Smith
    October 27, 2021

    Sauce was super bland. I had to really do a lot to give it some zip. Not sure how this had 5 stars.

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    • Natasha
      October 28, 2021

      Hi Matt, I’m sorry to hear it didn’t meet your standards. Did you possibly change any of the ingredients or make any substitutions?

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  • Vivian
    October 23, 2021

    It was delicious. Perfect sweetness and tangy-ness. Brought to a dinner and everyone loved it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 23, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Vivian!

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  • Staci Samuels
    October 20, 2021

    Couldn’t find the recipe I normally use so I thought I’d try this one. I followed the exact recipe and it tasted like plain tomato sauce. Very bland.

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    • Natasha
      October 21, 2021

      Hi Staci, This is normally rich in flavor, but this is a very simple recipe so every ingredient is important for the best taste. Make sure not to omit any of the ingredients and be sure to season to taste at the end to make sure there is enough salt.

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  • Tracey
    October 17, 2021

    I used to use the canned/jarred sloppy joe sauce but just couldn’t bring myself to eat it anymore. I longed for a great recipe for homemade. I can’t wait to try this! I take dinner to our son’s house every Sunday during football season. Today it’s your Shrimp Fajitas (a HUGE favorite in my household!). Next week it will be this recipe for Sloppy Joe. Can’t wait to give it a try!! Thanks, Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 17, 2021

      Sounds like a good plan, Tracy. I hope it becomes a hit!

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  • Daffydil
    October 14, 2021

    Tastes fine, but in desperate need of thickening. Had to find a can of tomato paste for that.

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  • Tim
    October 13, 2021

    Can confirm, best sloppy joe recipe! Made a 3x batch ahead of time then brought on a camping trip to share with friends and it was a hit. Cook time to simmer off the water was waay more than 10 min in my case so I’d add less next time, but was well worth it and came out great!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 13, 2021

      Hello Tim, wonderful to see your good comments and feedback. I’m happy that you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for sharing that with us.

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  • Melissa Elliott
    October 6, 2021

    Made this today with plant based burger. My family loved it! Thank you.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 6, 2021

      You are welcome, Melissa. Happy to know that your family enjoyed it!

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  • Kathy
    October 4, 2021

    I failed to plan for dinner today and went looking for a sloppy joe recipe since I had half a package of buns that needed to be used. When I saw Natasha’s Kitchen I knew it was the one I’d try. I have used your Dutch Oven beef stew and meatloaf recipes to rave reviews from my family. And here’s another keeper.

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  • Janie B
    September 28, 2021

    I have tried a couple of sloppy joe recipes in the past but to be honest have always preferred and gone back to the canned version because I love it, it’s easy & it reminds me of my childhood. But when I went to make dinner tonight I realized I was out & I found your recipe through a Google search. O-M-G was it ever delicious!! I will finally be ditching the canned stuff…this recipe blew it out of the water. Thank you so much and I look forward to trying some of your other recipes in the future.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 28, 2021

      You are very welcome, Janie. I’m happy to know that you loved this recipe, you finally found your new go-to-recipe!

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  • Don
    September 28, 2021

    When we eat our Sloppy Joe’s we always put a scoop on the bun and top with potato chips and then the top of the bun. Also some chips on the side to scoop up the sloppy joe that falls out of the bun. Yum!

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  • Zane
    September 27, 2021

    The all time worst sloppy Joe recipe I’ve found so far. Way to soupy ( definitely skip adding the water), and not much flavor beyond the burger.

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    • Natasha
      September 27, 2021

      Hi Zane, as you can see in the photos, it should not be soupy or water. Make sure your sauce is at a simmer for the full 10 minutes. Also, if you use a smaller or narrower/taller pot, it will require a longer simmering time since there is less surface area. I hope that helps for next time.

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  • Connie
    September 18, 2021

    Thanks to you, Natasha, we enjoyed your Sloppy Joe recipe on a rainy Florida evening! We haven’t ate this sandwich in years so it was it was like taking a step back in time. And…it even tasted better the next day for lunch. Thanks so much for posting this great recipe.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 18, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Connir!

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  • Rick Johnson
    September 15, 2021

    I must try this!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 16, 2021

      Please let us know how it goes.

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  • Anissa Marie Castillo
    September 15, 2021

    Just made this today. Was so quick, easy, and delicious. I love using your recipes because they are simple and not too complicated. I have yet to find a recipe of yours that I do not like. Hoping to make your chicken scampi recipe tomorrow. I’m sure it’ll taste amazing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 15, 2021

      Thank you for your wonderful feedback! The Shrimp Scampi is so good, and I hope you love it!

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  • Wendy A. Keady
    September 14, 2021

    I use ketchup instead of tomato sauce. I don’t use worcestershire but instead a tablespoon of horseradish. Gives it a little kick!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      Nice, thanks for sharing that with us, Wendy.

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  • Cynnamon Stanford
    September 14, 2021

    This was much better than the canned variety. I always add noodles and corn to sloppy Joe leftovers top with mashed potatoes and cheese then bake, makeshift Shepherd’s Pie.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      That’s a great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Krystle
    September 14, 2021

    The homemade sauce is a game changer. A new family favorite in our house!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      It really is the best!!

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  • Nicolette Castillo Constance
    September 14, 2021

    Hi Natasha Kravchuk
    I enjoy your recipes so much,I like your frosting and more I always watch on youtube to see many more…Have a bless day.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Nicolette! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my videos!

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  • katerina @ diethood.com
    September 14, 2021

    My kids would love these!! SO GOOD!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      That is the best when kids love what we moms make. That’s so great!

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  • Natalie
    September 14, 2021

    We love sloppy joe’s!! Thank you for this easy & delicious recipe!! It’s great any night of the week & all year long!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 14, 2021

      You’re welcome, Natalie! Thank you for your great review!

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      • Ewa
        October 8, 2021

        I just made this sloppy joe and is delicious with brioche burger buns. Thank you.
        Lat week , I did your apple pie and my husband said that this is the best pie he has ever ate.
        Thank you again.

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