Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Root beer adds a warm caramel note to these fun sandwiches. Serve with baked sweet potato chips.

How to Make It

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add beef; cook 4 minutes or until beef begins to brown, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato sauce and next 7 ingredients (through tomato paste); bring to a simmer. Cook 5 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Divide beef mixture evenly among bottom halves of buns; top with top halves of buns.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

My guys LOVE this recipe

June 07, 2017
There are no leftovers bc my 14 y/o eats 2 servings.  I always use all natural soda.  Skipped the buns and did a side of steamed broccoli with some blue cheese dressing.

A hit at our house

July 20, 2017
Super easy.  Interesting flavors.  We ate them open-faced with some fresh fruit on the side.  Very filling.  Will make again.

IoneTaylor's Review

September 05, 2014
I loved this recipe! It came together in a snap and was a nice change of pace from my other sloppy joe recipes. I really liked the caramel notes added by the root beer and look forward to making this recipe again soon.

randomgibberish's Review

September 01, 2014
Thought I'd try something new on the cafeteria-food front. Meh. Not enough flavor, especially compared to the standard sloppy joe recipe and considering it was more work than that. We'll stick to the tried and true on this one.

islandgirlejfan's Review

October 15, 2014
Ok, when you use a soft drink in a dish, for the most part it turns into your caramelization/sugar. I tasted a hint, but what I tasted more of was tomato....actually that's about all I tasted! This definitely needed more seasoning and maybe a longer cooking time to get the flavors to meld together. I'm going to play with it a little to see what I can make better, but when I'm on a diet I need flavor. They are ok and maybe will be better when I change them up a little, but they aren't my go to sloppy joe recipe.

beldini's Review

October 02, 2014
I've sampled a lot of tasty sloppy joes recipes over the years, but this, unfortunately isn't one of them. Not only did the root beer not really add anything special (other than unnecessary sweetness), we didn't think the flavors came together very well. Also, adding the two tsps. of minced garlic so late in the game didn't allow it to mellow with the rest of the dish, and it overpowered everything else.

SoleilVA's Review

August 30, 2014
Well, I would not say a Sloppy Joe is worthy of a special occasion :), but my husband and I love these and they have definitely been added to the rotation. We think they taste great - a little on the sweet side, but that's OK. I add some cayenne at the end to cut the sweet a bit and because we like things spicy (the chili sauce called for is not very hot). For the buns, I use Martin's Potato Rolls, 1.3 oz size. I've made the recipe as is, with the 12 oz of meat, and have also made it using a whole pound of meat, simply adding a bit more garlic, chili powder, and chili/tomato sauce. I think it's a pretty flexible recipe and that you can pretty much adjust the ingredients to taste. Very easy to prepare and leftovers make a good second dinner or lunch.

JHarringbone's Review

August 19, 2014
GREAT recipe! This is a little sweeter than my other favorite sloppy joe recipe, but absolutely delicious. My husband, who rarely gets excited about food, said to definitely keep this recipe. I used one pound of beef, since I didn't want just 1/4 lb. left over; and I adjusted the recipe accordingly. It was quick and easy to make.

DFMcQueeney's Review

August 27, 2014

samc100's Review

August 18, 2014
I would not make this again. My family did not enjoy it and it did not seem to have a lot of flavor.