Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes have always been one of my favorite fast-fix foods. Throughout college, they were a staple that my roommates and I turned to time and again. Truth be told, we probably had Sloppy Joes a little bit too often. But goodness, how can you not love them? And if we’d even thought to make them as these Sloppy Joes Waffles, we’d probably have thought we were geniuses or something. Our lives could’ve been forever on a different path. Who knows!

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Thankfully, we always made our Sloppy Joes with just a few basic ingredients that were inline with our college student budgets. And, if you are wondering, that means very, very budget friendly. We used what we had on hand and that we could stretch our dollars to feed as many as possible. And they are perfect way to stretch a few ingredients to feed a family or friends. And who doesn’t love them?!

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And now, Sloppy Joes have become one of those dishes that I’m not sure which member of my family is more excited when I make them.

Truth be told, I act like I’m making them because they are one of Little Buddy’s favorites, but they are a dish that I look forward to enjoying myself probably just as much as he does!

They are perfect on a hamburger bun, sandwich bread, but my favorite way has to be smothering a cornbread waffle. Now that is a Sloppy Joe after my heart!

Gosh, I’m making myself hungry just thinking about them!

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Here’s my Sloppy Joes Recipe. Make them soon, but do promise me you’ll try them on those cornbread waffles. You’ll fall in love!

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Sloppy Joes make a favorite fast-fix recipe that everyone loves. Get this family favorite Sloppy Joes recipe. Ready in minutes.
Serves: 4-6
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Brown ground beef in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add in onion, garlic, and bell pepper and cook until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, and water. Simmer about 15 minutes.
  2. Serve warm.
If you prefer your Sloppy Joes a bit sweeter, add 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar as you add the ketchup.

Robyn xo

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A seventh generation Southern wife and mom who loves to share simple, fresh, and scrumptious recipes the whole family will enjoy.


  1. 1

    I could have this every single day of the week!

  2. 2

    One of my all time faves! Love your version :)

  3. 3

    Would it be ok to half this recipe?

  4. 5

    I love Sloppy Joes! Reminds me of my childhood.

  5. 6

    Yum! I love how you topped the sloppy joe mixture on a cornbread waffle.

  6. 8

    Sloppy joes on waffles?? Totally genius.

  7. 9

    Thanks Robyn. Have a Happy Weekend!

  8. 10

    This is almost like my mom’s recipe. She adds a little mustard into the mix. Looks yummy!

  9. 11

    Don’t have a waffle iron, so made cornbread pancakes instead and they were fabulous! Thanks for this yummy recipe and idea!

  10. 12

    What did you do to make the “Jalapeno Cheddar” cornbread waffles? Was thinking of adding shredded pepper jack to your cornbread waffle recipe… thoughts? LOVE your recipes :)

    • 13

      Hey Karin,
      Thanks so much! I added a cup of shredded cheddar cheese and one jalapeno pepper, deseeded and diced. Let me know how you like them! xo

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