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Easy Sloppy Joes

These easy Sloppy Joes are ready in less than 30 minutes, making them a fabulous choice for a weeknight dinner!

Sesame bun on a white plate, loaded with easy Sloppy Joes mix
I don’t know about you, but cooking isn’t my favorite aspect of life (I love baking, but just don’t love cooking), so quick and easy recipes are my favorite.  These Sloppy Joes pull together in less than 30 minutes start to finish! 

I love Sloppy Joes, but I’m not a big fan of the ones made with tons of ketchup.  They just taste too ketchupy!  So I decided to try making them with tomato sauce instead, to give them a bit more mellow tomato taste, and my whole family loved them.

 Serve your Sloppy Joes on a bun or a hoagie roll, or even over rice– you’ll love them any way!

What sides go with Sloppy Joes?

Sloppy Joes go well with a variety of side dishes.  We love to eat them with Broccoli Jicama Coleslaw, Broccoli Salad, Carrot Salad, or Air Fryer Spiralized French Fries.  Pretty much anything crunchy or crispy will go well with Easy Sloppy Joes.

Do You Drain the Meat for Sloppy Joes?

Yes.  You will cook the ground beef, and then drain the fat off of it before adding seasonings.  If you don’t drain the meat, you’ll end up with a soupy, greasy mess. 

Yield: 6 Sandwiches

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

These easy Sloppy Joes are ready in less than 30 minutes, making them a fabulous choice for a weeknight dinner!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp mustard from a bottle
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste


  1. Brown beef and onion. Drain.
  2. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Serve on a bun.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 683mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 22g

The nutritional information provided here is not guaranteed to be accurate and is provided for informational (and google) purposes only.

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Sloppy Joe mixture filling up a sesame bun, resting on a white plate.


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Thursday 26th of March 2020

[…] your family loves Sloppy Joes, make sure you have plenty of ground beef in the freezer (or even some freeze dried or canned, if […]


Saturday 16th of November 2019

So simple and yet so delicious. I love sloppy joe sandwiches. We enjoy them with broccoli typically. It's been a while since we made them. Thanks for the reminder :)

Amy H

Saturday 16th of November 2019

We love sloppy joes! They are so easy to make. I love having chips as a side, and overfilling the sloppy joes so we can scoop the meat up with the chips.

Monica Y

Friday 15th of November 2019

Such an easy recipe and perfect for lazy nights when I really do not want to cook. You just gave me an idea for dinner tonight


Friday 15th of November 2019

I am not much of a fan when it comes to Sloppy Joes but my son is! He will love this for sure.

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