Homemade Sloppy Joes from scratch, made with ground beef and pork breakfast sausage ~ like mom made growing up but even better. Easy weeknight comfort food!
Does anyone, besides my mom, make sloppy joes anymore? Manwich came out when I was a kid and she would make that. Didn’t like or dislike, they were okay. Over the years, she has passed on homemade sloppy joe recipes to me. She seems to always be discovering new ways to make them.
So I was digging around in my messy recipe drawer and found a few. This sloppy joe recipe is the bomb. They are so retro to me, and when I do make them, everyone loves them and wants seconds.
I have no idea where my mom got this recipe. I think maybe she tore it out of my newspaper when she was visiting, either in St. Paul or St. Louis. This recipe has a lot of the traditional, familiar ingredients one would find in a sloppy joe:
- Catsup, yellow mustard, tomato sauce
- Onion, green pepper, garlic
- Brown sugar, Worcestershire
But this recipe also has breakfast-style ground pork sausage along with the ground beef. Never heard of that and I found that intriguing. This is the third sloppy joe recipe I have tried that she has given me, and this was by far the best one.
I’m pretty sure the recipe was for a slow cooker, but I made the version on the stovetop, per my mom’s instructions over the phone. They gave it both ways in the recipe she had. While my mom insists on sesame seed hamburger buns for sloppy joes, I like lightly buttered and toasted brioche buns. Uh, wow, is all I can say.
I don’t need to tell you how much Meathead loved these sloppy joes. I had to stop him from eating too much so we would have leftovers.
What goes with sloppy joes? Potato chips of course! That was dinner the other night, in front of the TV watching football. Well, Meathead was watching football. I was enjoying my sloppy joe and thinking of my mom, and missing her. Enjoy, Kelly🍴🐦
SLOPPY JOE MACARONI CASSEROLE
Another easy dinner idea is to use the sloppy joe mixture in a casserole like this:
Reserve 1½ cups sloppy joe mixture for another use (sandwiches!). Add 12 ounces cooked elbow macaroni to the pot and combine. Pour sloppy joe/mac mixture into 9″ X 13″ baking dish. Top with 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese and bake in 400º oven for 15 – 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and lightly browned and casserole is bubbly hot.
My other favorite sloppy joe recipe from mom are these Turkey Sloppy Joes made with bottled chili sauce.
UPDATED: Originally posted in January, 2016. Spruced up a bit to make it more user friendly and helpful in September, 2020, with no changes to the original recipe.
- 1½ pounds lean ground beef (I like ground sirloin)
- 1 16-ounce package ground pork sausage, breakfast-style
- 1 small onion, chopped
- ½ green pepper, chopped
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup catsup
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons yellow mustard
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- In a large pot, crumble ground beef and sausage, add chopped onion and green pepper. Turn heat on to medium high and brown well, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Drain grease well and return meat mixture to pot.
- Stir in remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and then turn down to low and cover pot. Simmer for 30 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. Taste for salt.
- Serve on sesame seed hamburger buns, or better yet, toasted brioche buns. And potato chips.