Easy Sloppy Joes

I love easy, homemade meals, don’t you? Sloppy joes is on my easy meals list and I love how it only takes one pan to make a quick meal for my family. Sloppy joes has been an American kid favorite for years. Why not make it for your kids this week?

easy sloppy joes recipe

I grew up eating sloppy joes frequently. My school served it and my mom also made the canned version a time or two. But, something was missing in my relationship with sloppy joes. I just couldn’t put my finger on it until I met my husband.

My husband and I met our senior year of high school. Yes, we are high school sweethearts. :) Right away I knew he had picky, OCD ways about him. The rest of us teens would go through the lunch line and barely talk to the ladies putting the food on our plates. Sure, I would smile and say “thank-you,” but I just took whatever they were serving that day — no questions asked. But, my husband — he was another story.

quick and easy sloppy joes recipe

“Can you slap some cheese on that hot-dog bun for me…before you put on the hot-dog and chili, please?” The lunchroom ladies were amused at his request, but granted it every single week. One lady knew his order and made it that way every time. I never knew you could “have it your way” in the lunch line!

Fast forward four years and we are eating at a pastor’s house. His wife is serving sloppy joes and everyone is eating and talking. My husband speaks up and asks, “Can I have a slice of cheese for my sandwich?” The hostess was surprised, but said yes. “Hmm…,” I thought, “That does sound good.” But, I wouldn’t dare ask the hostess for a slice of cheese, so I waited until I made it for my family. And you know what? It does taste better with a slice of cheese!

You can’t really tell in these pics, but underneath all that sloppy Joe yumminess, there is a slice of cheese hiding. We always eat cheese on our sloppy joes now. Always. If we don’t, it’s major disappointment. Like the disappointment you feel when you go to Burger King and order a cheeseburger and they give you a hamburger! That is so wrong!

I hope this meal gives you busy moms a break out there! I try to make my food recipes quick and easy so you can have several to whip up when you know time is going to be tight. I want you moms to enjoy a great meal, without a lot of work and a lot of clean-up. Enjoy this childhood favorite and have a happy week!

Easy Sloppy Joes

A great, easy meal that's hearty and full of flavor. Enjoy this American kid favorite recipe today!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Hamburger buns to serve


  • In large skillet, saute onion and pepper until soft and translucent. Remove from pan.
  • Add ground beef to same skillet and cook until browned. I always add a thin layer of water and mash up the meat with a fork so the ground beef is nice and crumbly.
  • Once meat is browned, drain any excess grease and add remaining ingredients (except hamburger buns) and sauteed onion and pepper. Mix thoroughly and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve on hamburger buns.

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