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Sloppy Joes | 30-Minute Dinner You’ll Love!

Dive into this easy 30-minute Sloppy Joes recipe for a delicious and budget-friendly dinner. Paired with homemade buns and crispy fries, enjoy a healthier take on a classic pub meal!

30 minute meal sloppy joes recipe

Sloppy Joes are the ultimate comfort food. This all-time favourite recipe takes you back to the good old days and is a breeze to whip up, especially with ingredients you probably have in your pantry.

What’s a Sloppy Joe, Anyway?

It’s a tasty sandwich filled with ground beef, onions, and a tangy tomato sauce, all piled onto a hamburger bun.

This iconic sandwich is believed to have its roots in Sioux City, Iowa, back in the 1930s. Legend has it that it was first made by a cook named Joe, hence the name.

Quick Guide to Making Sloppy Joes

Below is the detailed recipe, but here’s a snapshot:

  1. Sauté onion for 5 minutes.
  2. Add beef and continue cooking for 10 minutes.
  3. Mix in other ingredients.
  4. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and serve on buns with shredded cheese.
close up of open sloppy joe sandwich on white plate, topped with cheese and homemade fun, with side of fries
2 sloppy joe sandwiches on white plate, with side of fries

A Childhood Recipe

My fiancé requested this dish recently. It’s something he had as a kid and always remembered fondly. I love cooking for him and showing him I care so I was happy to try it out. I’d never had Sloppy Joes before, and WOW, they’re good! I’ve been missing out!

This is such a fast and easy recipe, we eat it almost every week now. We love to pair it with homemade buns (recipe coming soon) and some crispy oven fries. It tastes like a $20 pub meal, but it’s homemade, cheaper, and healthier.

Can You Make Sloppy Joes Ahead of Time?

Of course! Just whip up the Sloppy Joes as per the recipe, allow it to cool, and then keep it in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days. When you’re ready, warm it up well on the stovetop or in the microwave, before serving on fresh hamburger buns.

30-Minute Sloppy Joes Recipe You’ll Love!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, sliced

Directions:

  1. Over medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil until they turn light brown (around 5 minutes).
  2. Mix in thawed ground beef, breaking it apart with a spoon. Cook until fully browned (about 10 minutes).
  3. Turn heat to low, stir in the rest of the ingredients (excluding the buns), and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Spoon the mixture onto fresh hamburger buns, sprinkle with shredded cheese, and serve. Enjoy!
adding sauces and seasoning to ground beef in pan
close up of simmering meat in pan
sloppy joes meat in pan cooking

30-Minute Sloppy Joes Recipe You’ll Love!

Dive into this easy 30-minute Sloppy Joes recipe for a delicious and budget-friendly dinner. Paired with homemade buns and crispy fries, enjoy a healthier take on a classic pub meal!
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Cook Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion diced (about 2/3 cup)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 tsps garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns sliced

Instructions

  • Over medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil until they turn light brown (around 5 minutes).
  • Mix in thawed ground beef, breaking it apart with a spoon. Cook until fully browned (about 10 minutes).
  • Turn heat to low, stir in the rest of the ingredients (excluding the buns), and let it simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Spoon the mixture onto fresh hamburger buns, sprinkle with shredded cheese, and serve. Enjoy!
Servings: 4

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