Sloppy Joe 1

This recipe is what I call a cheat dinner! It is SUPER easy and very comforting and takes about 20 minutes to get on the table. And it can sit on the stove until everyone is ready or you can serve it in shifts for those busy sports nights.  I remember my mom making this when I was a child and I always loved Sloppy Joe nights (and chip beef on toast, but that is another topic).  It just meant it was a casual, easy, quick dinner night. It didn’t mean we didn’t have placemats and napkins, but it was just a casual night. Not many dishes to clean up and it was yummy and filling. And as a mom now yummy and filling are what I am needing for 3 teenage boys!

My mom always used the canned sloppy joe sauce and it was delicious, but I thought I would try to recreate it without using the can. It turned out pretty darn good!  And it really was just as easy. This is one of those “recipes” where you can adjust to your taste.  There are no exact measurements.  I have written down exact measurements, but play with it and see what your family likes.


Sloppy Joe 2

Sloppy Joe 3

Sloppy Joes

A comforting casual, quick and easy dinner that is on the table in 20 minutes!

Servings 4


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil (or any oil you have)
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1/2-1 jalapeño seeded, ribs removed and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 15oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns-warmed or toasted


  1. In a large straight sided skillet or dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat. 

  2. Add onions, celery and jalapeño.  Cook until soft, about 4 minutes. 

  3. Add garlic and cook for another couple minutes. 

  4. Add ground beef and cook through, about 7 minutes. 

  5. Turn the heat down and add ketchup.  Allow the ketchup to cook for a few minutes to remove the raw taste. 

  6. Add tomatoes, worcestershire and water and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes. 

  7. Season with salt and pepper and serve on hamburger buns.

Recipe Notes

If you like it spicier then add in the seeds and ribs of jalapeno.

If you want it a bit sweeter then add an additional Tablespoon of ketchup

If you have a can/box of beef broth or chicken broth opened use that instead of water. 

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