Sloppy Joe Recipe

The Best Sloppy Joe Sauce

This recipe seriously makes the best sloppy joes! 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! 
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Homemade Sloppy Joes, Manwich Recipe, Sloppy Joe Recipe, Sloppy Joe Sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 244kcal
Author Heather Cheney



  • 1 pound lean ground beef or turkey
  • 4 ounces canned diced green chiles
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon Worchestershire Sauce
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • 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. 


Calories: 244kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 863mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 3.7mg