Homemade Sloppy Joes

I don't know about you, but Sloppy Joes bring me back to my childhood. I remember playing outside with my friends and then hearing my Mom calling that dinner was ready. I was not always the quickest to respond to that call, but when I knew it was Sloppy Joes she only had to say it once! Something about that soft bun with a tons of tomatoey (is that even a word?) beef piled on it. WOW soooo good. I think the whole "sloppy" part of it is huge for most kids too. I mean what other time could you make such a mess eating your supper and NOT get into trouble?

So why don't I ever eat it anymore? My kids weren't big fans of them. I know, what is wrong with them right? I of course used the good ol' canned version. Everyone elses kids begged for Sloppy Joes and when I put them on the table for my kids you would have thought I was making them eat cat food!! So needless to say we rarely had them.

Fast forward several years until now. My kids no longer live at home, which is still weird for me even though it has been a year now. However, when it comes to cooking, things are much easier now. The only picky one I have to deal with is Kevin, and for the most part he just gives me a hard time but will eat whatever I make. 

On this particular day, as I was trying to meal plan for the week, my mind wandered to my old favorite. I went from wondering what in the heck I was going to make for dinner, to OhhEmmmGeee I need these NOW!! I decided that I wanted to make my own this time, no canned version. So I put my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with. 

I am so excited with how they came out PLUS I was able to freeze half of the pot so I can have them again next week!! YAY!!

Homemade Sloppy Joes

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1 pound ground beef sirloin
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
A few dashes of hot sauce (I used Franks Red Hot)
Kosher salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
4 crusty rolls, split and toasted

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Add the ground beef and break it up with a wooden spoon. When the meat has browned, add onion, red peppers, and garlic to the skillet. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the flour until it is completely incorporated. Add tomato paste, fire roasted tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens. Scoop the meat mixture on to toasted buns.



  1. Bobbi B,
    Now I can clean out my cupboards and throw out the rest of the 10 for $10 cans of Manwhich. Thank you for this. I had to share your recipe on my, "Whacchoo Bloggin' Bout section. Everyone should know about a homemade Sloppy Joe. Good Luck!
    Justin & Garnet

  2. Thanks so much!! I really do love the fresh tastes you get from making things homemade :)