Homemade Sloppy Joes

I have enjoyed sloppy joes since the early days of marriage when I didn’t know how to cook anything unless it came out of a box or can.  When I made a commitment to limit high fructose corn syrup in our families diet, I had to say goodbye to my friend Manwich.

I have tried several homemade recipes that were OK, but they just didn’t do it for me.  Then I found this recipe: Sloppy Joes…The Real Food Way.  I love the title.  I love the recipe.  My search for a good homemade sloppy joe recipe has ended.

While there are bold and spicy sloppy joes, I prefer sweet ones.  This recipe satisfies my sweet tooth.  It’s super easy to throw together and I always have the ingredients on hand.

I tweaked the recipe a bit to simplify it even more.  I also added a can of red beans to stretch the meal a bit.  (You can read how I also do this in my spaghetti sauce here.)

Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Bell Pepper, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, pressed or minced
  • 1 14.5 oz can of Red Beans, drained and rinsed (optional)
  • 5 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 cup Broth
  • 1/2 cup Honey
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Tamari Sauce  (Soy-free recipes here and here or leave it out and extra salt)
  • 1/2 Tbsp Chile Powder
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In a skillet cook ground beef until brown.
  2. Add peppers, onions and garlic and cook until soft.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  4. Serve on allergy-friendly bread or in a baked potato.

You may also enjoy Easy Pulled Barbecue Chicken and Nancy’s Green Beans and Sausage.

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20 Responses to “Homemade Sloppy Joes”

  1. Sloppy Joes with beans is a new twist for me. But, I am guessing my family would love having beans in their sandwiches. Going to have to try it. Thanks for linking up to Hunk of Meat Monday.

  2. Liberty says:

    my boys will LERVE this! thanks!! woudl be a great addition/mix up to a sweet potato..

    • Nancy says:

      Lib, Do you mean you would add sweet potato to the sloppy joe mix or put the sloppy joe mix on a sweet potato. Both ideas sound interesting!

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  4. I loved sloppy joes as a kid though I haven’t had them in years. I’m all for adding beans to the mix. More is better… Looks great!

  5. Liberty says:

    I meant to use as stuffing/topping on a sweet potato:: or what about a “twice baked” sweet potato with this as the filling!

  6. Bailey K. says:

    wow, this recipe looks amazing. i am gluten-free and processed sugar-free, so this would be great for me! thanks so much!

  7. That looks so yummy!! Thank you, I will have to try this 🙂

  8. Swathi says:

    Homemade sloppy joes looks delicious. we will appreciate if you link back to any one of present host of Hearth and soul blog hop. Thanks for sharing with hearth and soul blog hop.

  9. Haven’t made this in so long. I love the look of your recipe.

  10. KB and Whitesnake says:

    Looks yummy.

    We’d love you to share your recipes with us at
    Simply Delish Saturday

    Have a great weekend.

  11. Miz Helen says:

    I just love that you put the red beans in your Sloppy Joes. Your flavor combination looks great! Hope you have a wonderful holiday week end and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  12. Nikki says:

    this looks delicious! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again today with more great projects!

  13. This sounds delicious!!

    Did you get my email? You were chosen to be the next featured Food-“e”-Friend at MaFF Monday, but since I had not heard back from you I wanted to touch base to see if you’d gotten my email.

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