Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Ever watched the movie “It Takes Two”? It was one of my favorite childhood movies! I adored the Olsen twins. They’ve been my homies since their “Full House” days. Where was I going with this? Oh! Sloppy Joes! There’s a scene in “It Takes Two” where one of the twins eats a Sloppy Joe. She devoured it like it was the greatest meal on Earth! And every single time I’ve watched that movie, I’ve instantly wanted a Sloppy Joe.

Kid friendly and you’ll know every ingredient you’re serving them. Now, I’m not knocking the canned stuff. However, homemade is just so much better. And it’s easy to make. I like to balance the flavors equally. Not too sweet, not too tangy. Adjust the measurements to your taste. If you prefer sweeter Sloppy Joes, add more brown sugar.

Consistency is everything in this recipe! We want it thick, gooey, and SLOPPY! Adding water and simmering to reduce, makes a world of a difference. Break out extra napkins for this one. 

And do NOT forget the tater tots and pickles!

Happy Cooking,

B. Coop

Sloppy Joes
Serves 4
Write a review
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
30 min
  1. 1 lb lean ground meat (beef or turkey)
  2. 1/2 cup diced onions
  3. 1/2 cup diced bell pepper
  4. 8 oz can tomato sauce
  5. 3-4 T brown sugar
  6. 1/3 cup ketchup
  7. 2 T Worcestershire sauce
  8. 2 tsp onion powder
  9. 1 tsp garlic powder
  10. 2 tsp chili powder
  11. 1/2 cup water
  12. Salt and pepper to taste
  13. 4 Potato buns
  1. Add ground meat, onions, and bell peppers to a pan
  2. Cook until meat is brown; drain excess fat
  3. Add in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, worcestershire sauce, onion, garlic, and chili powders.
  4. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour in the water, stir well, lower heat, and allow to simmer for 25 mins or until liquid reduces.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste
  7. Serve on warm potato buns
  8. Enjoy!
Coop Can Cook