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Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes, from scratch, made with ground beef and pork breakfast sausage ~ like mom made growing up but even better.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword classic sloppy joes, sloppy joes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 173kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 424mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 406IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 3mg