Here’s a recipe for an original homemade Sloppy Joe:


  • 1 pound (450 grams) ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Hamburger buns


  1. Heat a large skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned, breaking it up into crumbles with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  2. Once the beef is browned, add the chopped onion, green bell pepper, and minced garlic to the pan. Stir well and continue cooking until the vegetables have softened.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Pour the mixture into the skillet with the ground beef and vegetables. Stir well to combine all the ingredients.

  1. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. This will allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly.
  2. While the Sloppy Joe mixture is simmering, toast the hamburger buns in a toaster or oven.
  3. Once the Sloppy Joe mixture is ready, remove it from the heat. Spoon the mixture onto the bottom half of each hamburger bun. Top with the other half of the bun.
  4. Serve the Sloppy Joes hot and enjoy!

Feel free to adjust the seasonings according to your taste preferences. You can also add some grated cheese or pickles as toppings if desired. This recipe typically serves about 4-6 people, depending on the size of the servings. Enjoy your homemade Sloppy Joes!

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