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Sloppy Joe Recipe

sloppy joes

This is a traditional sloppy joe recipe, with onions, peppers and mushrooms.

Like most recipes, you can adjust it to your own taste. Don’t like peppers, leave them out, or add more if you really love them.

Sloppy joes aren’t usually spicy hot so if you want to maintain the original taste, I wouldn’t add hot sauce. That said, it’s your dinner, so if you like it spicy, feel free to add red chili flakes or your favorite hot sauce.

There are many theories about where the name for this recipe, sloppy joes, came from. Some say that the sloppy joe as we know it began in a Sioux City, Iowa, cafe in 1930. It was called a “loose meat sandwich” and created by a cook named Joe.

Others attribute the invention of this sandwich to a restaurant names Sloppy Joe’s in Key West, Florida, which was a favorite hangout of author Earnest Hemmingway. Hemmingway is responsible for the first known appearance of the name “Sloppy Joe” in print.

Whatever the origin of the name, it has long been one of our favorite sandwiches. Learn how to make great sloppy joes with this quick and easy recipe.

It’s not traditional, but try using a leaner meat like ground turkey or chicken if you prefer that.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

Sloppy Joe Recipe

This is a traditional sloppy joe recipe, with onions, peppers and mushrooms. Sloppy joes aren't usually spicy hot so add hot sauce if you want or leave it out.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main or Side
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 403 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, or red, chopped with seeds and ribs removed
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons chili sauce
  • 8 buns, slightly toasted


  • Sauté the onion and peppers in the butter. When these are translucent, add the beef. Cook and stir until the meat is lightly browned. Add the mushrooms and chili sauce. Season to taste. Cook, uncovered, over low heat until the mushrooms are cooked. Fill the buns with the mixture.


Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 21gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 405mgPotassium: 302mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 69IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 12mg
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Makes 8 sandwiches.

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This sloppy joe recipe is great served with coleslaw.

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Sloppy Joe Recipe

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