Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Quick and easy homemade sloppy joes recipe from scratch with simple ingredients. This easy one pot meal and 30 minute dinner idea is classic comfort food.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Sandwiches


  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tsp garlic Minced
  • 1 Onion Small, finely chopped
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 8 Ounce Tomato Sauce
  • 1/3 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To Taste
  • 8 Hamburger Buns


  • Heat oil in a large non-stick pan on medium heat.
  • Add garlic onions and saute until golden brown.
  • Add ground beef and cook until it's brown.
  • Drain all the fat.
  • Add tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Mix everything together. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • To thicken it further, cook for a bit longer without the lid.
  • Serve in hamburger buns and enjoy!


  • Read all my notes and tips above.
  • Leftovers (without the bun) can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 297Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 40mg 13%
Sodium 550mg 23%
Potassium 370mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 3.5%
Vitamin C 5.3%
Calcium 9.5%
Iron 17.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here are some TIPS for making easy sloppy joes from scratch:

  • Make sure to FINELY dice the onions so that you don’t have big chunks of onions in your sandwiches.
  • You must BROWN the beef first to really enhance the overall flavor.
  • DON’T forget to drain excess fat.
  • I like to use Dijon mustard but you can use whatever mustard you like or even ground mustard powder.
  • The number of sandwiches you get from this recipe will depend on the SIZE of your hamburger buns.
  • For sloppy joe recipe (slow cooker), just dump all the ingredients in a crockpot and cook on high for 3 hours.
  • LEFTOVERS (without the bun) can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

What can you add to sloppy joes?

The classic recipe is shared below. However, you can also make homemade sloppy joes with :
  • BBQ sauce
  • Green peppers
  • Bacon bits
  • Jalapenos
  • Cheese

Where did the sloppy joe get its name?

Based on my research, it seems that a cook by the name of Joe added tomatoes in his “loose meat” and then called it sloppy joes.

How long does it take to make manwich?

It takes 30 minutes only.

How much ground beef is needed to make 40 sloppy joes? 30 sloppy joes?

According to my Mom, the general calculation is the following: 1 pound ground beef will make 6- 8 sloppy joe sandwiches (based on the size of your buns). So,  5 pound ground beef would make about 40 sandwiches. If you use 4 pounds ground beef and you will end up with about 32 sandwiches.

How to freeze homemade sloppy joes?

Allow the sloppy joes to cool down completely. Then, place them in a freezer bag or a tight sealed ziploc bag. Lay it flat in the freezer so that it doesn’t take up too much space. This can be frozen for up to 1 month.

How do you make homemade sloppy joes? How do you make sloppy joe sandwich? How do you make homemade manwich (sloppy joes manwich)?

The process is very SIMPLE. Start off by heating the oil. Then, saute the onions and garlic. Add the ground beef and brown it. The, drain all the fat. Add mustard vinegar, brown sugar, Worchestire sauce, tomato sauce and ketchup. Mix everything. Then, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Then serve in buns and enjoy!

How to make homemade sloppy joes in crockpot?

Just dump all the ingredients in a crockpot. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. Serve in hamburger buns.

How to thicken sloppy joes?

Some people add a little corn-starch or flour but I think that affects the flavour. So, I suggest cooking it without the lid on medium heat for longer until the excess water is reduced.

Credit – Cake Whiz