These Sandwiches are made with the best homemade sloppy joe sauce. It’s tangy, saucy and sweet, with just a little bit of a kick– it’s my favorite sloppy joe recipe, and I hope it will become yours, too!
I have a thing for sloppy joes– like a big thing. You might even call it love. I don’t know what it is, but there’s just something about their tomato-y, sweet, and tangy goodness that keeps me falling for them again and again. This sloppy joe sauce recipe is one that I’ve had in my recipe box for a long, long time.
In fact, it was one of the first recipes I posted on this here website about seven years (!) ago. I can’t believe I’ve been at this for SEVEN years, guys. We’ve lived a lot of life the last seven years, and it’s been so fun to have this website during that time.
I’ve gotten away from talking about my family life here as I want the recipes and how to cook those recipes to be in the forefront, but I thought I’d give a little update for those of you that have been long-time followers.
We moved to Utah last August so the hubs could complete an internship to finish out his PsyD. We miss Portland terribly and can’t wait to get back, but it’s been fun to live near some family for the time we’ve been here. The plan is to move back this coming summer (2018), but we’ll see. I’ve learned not to make too many concrete plans over the years. 🙂
After GRADUATION (I can’t even believe it’s really happening!), the hubs will work as a clinician somewhere, and we’ll hopefully be able to settle the kids down somewhere at least semi-permanently. We’re all kind of tired of moving at this point.
Other than that, the kids are happy and healthy at 11, 7 and three years old. They keep me busy and always laughing at the messes they make or dance routines they choreograph. The most recent was between the 7 and 3-year-old– a re-enactment of Dirty Dancing’s final dance scene, running lift and all. I miiiight have helped with that one just a bit.
Welp, that’s enough talking about us for now, let’s talk about these Sloppy Joes!
Cooking tips for Homemade Sloppy Joes
- This sloppy joe sauce works well with both ground beef and turkey. I’ve never tried using ground chicken, and I’m not sure I will. If you do and it turns out well, let me know!
- The longer you can simmer the sauce, the better! I’m usually making sloppy joes because I’m in a time crunch and need something quick, but if you have the time, let it simmer away to let all the flavors develop and meld together.
- SLOW COOKER: If you’d like to make this in the slow cooker, brown the meat with the onion, drain off the fat, and stir with the remaining sloppy joe sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Cook on high for at least an hour or low for 2 hours. It can be left in there longer if you’d like.
- Toast those buns! Brush buns with melted butter and place face up under the broiler for just a minute (watch closely!). The toasted, buttered buns hold the sloppy joe sauce better and add texture and flavor.
Want more easy sandwich recipes?
- Garlic Parmesan Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Caesar Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
- One Pan BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Tools used in making this Sloppy Joe Sauce
- Anolon Nouvelle Copper Non-stick Pans: These non-stick pans are metal utensil safe and last a long time. I’ve been using Anolon’s pans exclusively for the past five years and am still in love with them!
- The Chop Stir: This strange little tool makes short work of browning ground meat with the odd shape that allows it to crumble the meat quickly as it cooks.
- 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
- 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
- 4 large hamburger buns
- Cheese slices, optional
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add hamburger and onion, cooking and crumbling the meat until no longer pink.
Remove meat from pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels or bags to drain off the excess fat.
Once drained, put the meat back into the skillet and add all remaining ingredients. Stir until combined and let simmer 10-15 minutes or until slighlty thickened.
Serve on toasted hamburger buns with a slice of cheese if you'd like.
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