Becky Luigart-Stayner
12 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Kids and adults alike love this little sweet-savory sloppy joes recipe. Keep the meat mixture warm in a slow cooker set on low. Carrots and vegetable chips make great sides.

How to Make It

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add first 3 ingredients; cook until beef is browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato sauce and next 8 ingredients (tomato sauce through black pepper); reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Spoon 1/4 cup beef mixture over bottom half of each bun. Cover with top halves.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

beckyboop13's Review

January 14, 2014
I used carrots instead of green peppers. I added some vinegar. However, I think this recipe was pretty bland. My 6 and 8 year old boys liked it as it was. I added more chili powder and cayenne pepper on mine. That made it a little better. I was hoping for a little more tang or something to give it a WOW. It just isn't with this recipe.

kticoulet's Review

January 12, 2014
Pretty good! I did need to add more sugar and then followed with a bit of brown sugar, too. My husband thought it was a little too ketchup-y but my son deemed it okay. I was pleasantly surprised.

shankoene's Review

January 17, 2013
Every picky eater in my house loved these. I added some celery just to use it up. And I love that this recipe uses tomato sauce instead of ketchup so I can control the salt & sugar. Definitely a keeper!

dowhite's Review

August 29, 2012
I plan to try this -- I question how some posters can entirely change the recipe and then rate it?? You created a totally different dish.... I plan to make this with ground buffalo and decrease the saturated fat....

Tasty compromise

October 14, 2015
This recipe is so easy! It satisfied both extremes: me (always looking for a healthy option) and my son-in-law (not a big veggie fan).

mdbaron's Review

June 16, 2014

foodieforpeace's Review

May 11, 2014
Have made this as written and been very satisfied. also have tried it with ground turkey and increased the veggies, adding carrots and celery also. Both ways are fine. Serve it on whole wheat burger rolls with a veggie or salad.

bkbroiler52's Review

April 13, 2013

LauraMcGhghy's Review

April 04, 2013

RobinKeto's Review

March 10, 2012
DON'T BUY CANNED SLOPPY JOES.......... This is the best sloppy joes receipe I have ever tried!. My husband absolutly loved it! I added a little more hamburger and used the whole can of tomatoe paste and of course I added about 1/2 cup of water to thin it out a little and simmered a little longer. This will definately be on our menu's in the future! Thanks Cooking Light!