These Sloppy Joes are delicious enough for adults and kids alike! Made from scratch, with a rich, smoky flavor and the addition of healthy vegetables, these truly are finger-licking-good!
Having Sloppy Joes for dinner doesn’t have to mean opening a can of premade Sloppy Joe mix…Yuck! Instead, you can make a homemade, delicious, flavourful meal that the whole family will love in under an hour!
Don’t be afraid to slip vegetables into dishes like Sloppy Joes; not only are they healthy, but they add flavor and texture. And you don’t have to stick to what I have listed in the recipe; you could use red peppers, celery, or carrots.
I initially didn’t write this recipe with barbeque sauce as one of the ingredients, but when I tried it, WOW!! It gave the sloppy joes such a rich, smokey flavor. So I rewrote the recipe and worked in the barbeque sauce. It doesn’t matter which brand you use; just use your favorite.
I highly recommend toasting the hamburger buns. Trust me; it will take your Sloppy Joes to a whole other level! Of course, if you don’t have a toaster or the buns won’t fit in your toaster, you can always toast the buns in the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Toast your bread on the middle rack of the oven on a sheet pan for about 10 minutes, flipping it halfway through.
The lower heat will give you a bit more control — cut down the time for golden brown toast, and leave it in a bit longer if you like it darker and crisper.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced, about 1½ cups
- 1 large green pepper, diced, about 1 cup
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
- 1 8-ounces can tomato sauce
- ½ cup barbeque sauce, any brand
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground mustard
- 1½ tablespoons white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt, more to taste
- 8 hamburger buns, toasted
- In a large skillet, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is browned and cooked through. Remove the ground beef from the heat and drain off the fat (retaining about a tablespoon to fry the vegetables). Set the ground beef aside.
- Add the diced onions and green peppers to the same skillet and saute until tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
- While the vegetables are cooking, whisk together the tomato paste, tomato sauce, barbeque sauce, brown sugar, ground mustard, vinegar, and salt, in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Add the minced garlic to the skillet and saute with the vegetables for an additional 30 seconds, stirring constantly.
- Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet and stir together with the vegetables. Turn the heat down to medium and add the sauce ingredients. Stir until completely mixed in. Taste and add more salt if needed.
- Continue cooking until everything is heated through and steaming, about 10 minutes.
- Serve on toasted buns (see notes).
Toasting the Buns:
- Use a toaster, or
- Preheat the oven to 350° F. Toast your bread on the middle rack of the oven on a sheet pan for about 10 minutes, flipping it halfway through. The lower heat will give you a bit more control — cut down the cooking time for golden brown toast, and leave it in a bit longer if you like it darker and crisper.