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Sloppy Joe and chips on plate.

Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes, from scratch, made with ground beef and pork breakfast sausage ~ like mom made growing up but even better.
Course Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Keyword sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joes from scratch, sloppy joes with sausage and beef, sloppy joes with breakfast sausage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8


  • 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.


For Sloppy Joe Macaroni Casserole:
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.