Dan's Favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe

Sloppy JoeDan's Slopy Joe

While this Sloppy Joe recipe not quite a gourmet hamburger recipe, it is one of my family's favorite recipes. I especially love it as an outdoor cooking recipe, because it's a one-potter that uses a single burner and needs only the simplest of everyday ingredients. It's economical too - 1 pound of beef is ample for 4 servings.

This ground beef recipe also freezes and travels well, so if you prefer, you can always prepare it at home to take with you.

I bet you've always wondered how to make Sloppy Joe's, right? Well, while there are variations abound, this one is tried and tested - a real classic - which my family has pronounced "excellent".

So, consider your search for great sloppy joe recipes over, forget about that barbecue hamburger recipe you were thinking of (just for the moment), and dig in and enjoy! (My kids love Sloppy Joe's with French fries and coleslaw, so that's how I usually serve them!)

Give My Favorite Sloppy Joe Recipe A Try:

Serves 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large, high-brimmed skillet brown the ground beef for 5 minutes over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onion and red bell pepper; saute for 5 more minutes, or until onion is tender. Drain the fat - who needs it?
  • Mix in tomato paste and water, stirring until paste is dissolved. Stir in Worcestershire sauce, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, oregano, salt and pepper.
  • Continue to heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the mixture is nice and thick.
  • Split your hamburger buns and spoon the beef mixture on them. I like to toast the buns a little first, to make them a little crispy. Add a little olive oil to the skillet and place the halves face-down for a minute or so until they are lightly toasted.

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