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sloppy joes

(7 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Shannon Smith
Franklin, TN

My mom has made this for years and it is a family favorite.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Sloppy Joes are always a family favorite and this homemade recipe will be on repeat. With the perfect balance of flavors, this mix cooks down to sweet and tangy perfection. It's an economical family meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(7 ratings)
yield 10 serving(s)
prep time 30 Min
cook time 2 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For sloppy joes

  • 3-4 lb
    ground beef, browned & drained
  • 1 jar
    chili sauce (12 oz)
  • 1 jar
    water, fill empty chili sauce bottle and use
  • 1 c
  • 1/4 c
    cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    brown sugar
  • 1/4 c
    sweet pickle relish (add more to taste)
  • 1
    onion, chopped
  • 1
    green pepper, chopped

How To Make sloppy joes

Test Kitchen Tips
We added a little extra water after an hour. Just keep an eye on this while it's simmering to make sure it does not dry out.
  • Browning ground beef.
    Brown ground beef and drain in a large skillet.
  • Chopped onion, bell pepper, and sweet relish added to beef.
    Add chopped onion, bell pepper, and sweet relish.
  • Remaining sauce ingredients added to skillet.
    Add all sauce ingredients and stir well. Turn heat to low. Cover and simmer for at least 2 hours.
  • Continuing to simmer the Sloppy Joes.
    Make sure to stir often ad don't allow the mixture to dry out.
  • Sloppy Joes on a bun.
    Serve with your favorite rolls. Enjoy!