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The BEST Homemade Sloppy Joe recipe is made with ground beef, onion, and bell pepper in a flavorful BBQ sauce and served on toasted buns. This makes an easy 30-minute meal perfect for busy weeknights and easy weekends.

This easy homemade sloppy joe makes such a delicious, quick, and easy dinner. Along with Bart’s Hamburgers, my Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, and Cuban Sandwiches, it is a definite favorite.

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If you want an inexpensive yet delicious meal that the whole family loves, this easy Sloppy Joe Recipe is a classic. The ground beef is sauteed in a skillet along with diced green pepper and onion and then simmers in my flavorful BBQ sauce for the ultimate sloppy joe!

How to Make Sloppy Joe Recipe

Ingredients

Be sure to see the recipe card below for the full listing of ingredients, instructions, notes, and estimated nutritional information.

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  • Ground beef – I love to use ground chuck, which is an 80/20 blend (80% lean, 20% fat). The ratio of lean beef to fat makes a difference for flavorful Sloppy Joes.
  • Green pepper and onion – Diced green pepper and onion add crunch and flavor to the sandwich.
  • BBQ sauce – While many people use tomato sauce or ketchup, I prefer to use my BBQ sauce recipe. It adds so much flavor and once I started making them that way, I just can’t make them any other way!
  • Hamburger buns – I love to toast my hamburger buns, but that certainly isn’t required!
Photo of cooked ground beef, onion, and green pepper in a skillet.

Cook. Add the ground beef, pepper, and onion to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until all the ground beef is browned and the onion is translucent about 5 minutes. Drain away any excess drippings.

Image of sloppy joe in a skillet.

Add BBQ sauce. Stir in the BBQ sauce.

Photo of sloppy joe filling.

Simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has reduced and the meat mixture is thick, about 10 minutes.

Photo of Sloppy Joe components.

Serve. Spoon the sloppy joe filling onto hamburger buns.

Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions

To make ahead. Prepare the filling as instructed. Cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze. Prepare the filling as instructed. Cool and store in a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a skillet on the stove and serve.

Sloppy Joe on a hamburger bun on a white plate.

Here’s my Sloppy Joe Recipe. I hope you love it!

Sloppy Joe Recipe

30 Minutes or Less 20 mins

Sloppy Joe on a hamburger bun on a white plate.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone
The BEST Homemade Sloppy Joe recipe made with ground beef, onion, and bell pepper in a flavorful BBQ sauce served on toasted buns. Easy 30 minute meal.

Equipment

Ingredients  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced green pepper
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns

Instructions 

  • Cook. Add the ground beef, pepper, and onion to a skillet over medium heat. Cook until all the ground beef is browned and the onions are translucent about 5 minutes. Drain away any excess drippings.
    Photo of cooked ground beef, onion, and green pepper in a skillet.
  • Add sauce. Stir in the BBQ Sauce. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sauce has reduced and the meat mixture is thick about 10 minutes.
    Image of sloppy joe in a skillet.
  • Serve. Spoon the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the toasted hamburger buns.

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Notes

To make ahead. Prepare the filling as instructed. Cool and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
To freeze. Prepare the filling as instructed. Cool and store in a freezer-safe, airtight container for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Reheat in a skillet on the stove and serve.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1060mg | Potassium: 549mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 4mg

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Robyn Stone

Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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