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Why buy store-bought sauce when you can make these Homemade Sloppy Joes in under 30 minutes? Not only are they easy to make and delicious, but you control what goes in them.
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade, homemade sloppy joes, sloppy joes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 243kcal
Author: Debbie


  • 1 pound ground beef or venison
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper, diced may use green, red, or yellow
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • red pepper flakes to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Tabasco Sauce to taste


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, crumble and brown the beef. Drain and set aside.
  • To the pan add the peppers and onion. Saute until tender.
  • Add the garlic to the peppers and onion. Cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  • Stir the tomato paste into the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Return the beef to the pan along with all the remaining ingredients. Stir well and reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes until bubbly.
  • Serve over toasted buns.


Nutrition information does not include the bun.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 243kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 616IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 2mg