Sloppy Joe

147 Reviews
96% would make this recipe again

Ground beef cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, then served in a hamburger bun.

"Sloppy Joe" is a popular American sandwich. As the name suggests, it is not the greatest in appearance and is somewhat messy to eat, but it is very tasty and always a great hit with children.

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Preparation : 10 min Cooking : 25 min
490 calories/serving


1 onions, finely chopped 200 g
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp canola oil 23 mL
1/2 tsp salt 2 g
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 2 g
500 g ground beef, lean
ground pepper to taste [optional]
1/4 cup tomato paste 80 g
1/2 cup ketchup 130 g
1 tsp brown sugar 4 g
1/4 cup water 65 mL
8 drops Tabasco sauce [optional] 0.63 mL
4 hamburger buns 190 g


  1. Prepare the vegetables: Finely chop the onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion then cook until it is translucent, about 3 min with occasional stirring, paying attention not to let it burn. Add salt, then reduce the heat, cover and cook until the onion is soft, about 5 min. Add the garlic and Cayenne pepper then cook with stirring until fragrant, 1 min.
  3. Add the beef then cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it loses its pink colour, about 5 min (It is important not to overcook the meat at this point, otherwise it will end up dry and crumbly).
  4. Season with ground pepper to taste, then add the tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, and water. A few drops of Tabasco sauce may be added for extra spiciness. Cover, then simmer 10 min.
  5. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon the meat mixture onto the hamburger buns then serve.


The meat mixture keeps up to 7 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer. To return it to its original consistency, you may need to add a little water when it is reheated.

Nutrition Facts Table

per 1 serving (250 g)


% Daily Value




21 g

32 %

Saturated 6.7 g
+ Trans 0.1 g

34 %


70 mg


520 mg

22 %


42 g

14 %


3 g

13 %


15 g

Net Carbs

39 g


32 g

Vitamin A

105 %

Vitamin C

21 %


9 %


36 %


This recipe is :
Excellent source of  :
Folacin, Iron, Niacin, Potassium, Selenium, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Zinc
Good source of  :
Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Vitamin B1, Vitamin E
Source of  :
Calcium, Fibre, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K


1 serving of this recipe is equivalent to :
Food Group Exchanges
Starches 1 ½
Vegetables 1 ½
Meat and Alternatives 3
Fats 3 ½
Other Foods 0

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january 23, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

This is awesome. I already had my mother's Sloppy Joe recipe, but I have replaced it with this one. Dont' tell my mother please....

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february 03, 2009 | I would make this recipe again

Is it weird that I've never made Sloppy Joe before? This was really tasty, my 2 year old enjoyed it when I made mini sandwiches out of it by ripping the bun into smaller pieces for her.

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october 20, 2021 | I would make this recipe again

I make this recipe a lot, as it is very popular with my ten year-old.

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