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Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, game day, lunch, Main Course
Keyword: easy weeknight dinner, ground beef, sandwiches, sloppy joe
Servings: 6


  • 1 lb 80/20 ground beef*
  • 1 small onion, chopped fine
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp canola oil


  • Sauté onions and pepper in 1 tbsp canola oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, until they begin to soften. 

    2. Move onions and peppers to outer edge of pan and increase heat to medium-high. Spread ground beef out in center of pan in an even layer and cook, undisturbed, for 5 minutes, or until meat begins to brown.

    3. Season beef with salt and pepper, and flip over. Continue to cook, breaking meat apart into small pieces as you go with a wooden spoon or spatula, until meat is cooked through and no longer pink, about 2-3 minutes. 

    4. Reduce heat to medium-low and add in ketchup, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce and sugar. Cook 2-3 minutes until flavors are melded. Serve on burger buns, brioche buns or potato rolls.