Susan's Sloppy Joes

Susan Feliciano


I've used this recipe for over 35 years. I still remember the first time I made it - in my tiny little first-apartment kitchen, with the smaller apartment-sized stove (only 3 burners!), in my new iron skillet - a wedding gift. I was determined to duplicate the ingredients in store-bought Sloppy Joe mix, Manwich.

This is almost as easy as Manwich, especially if you keep chopped green peppers in the freezer or get them dried and reconstitute them. You are also master of your own seasonings, and can adjust them to suit your family's tastes.

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10 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


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1 Tbsp
olive oil
1/2 large
bell pepper, small dice
1 lb
ground beef chuck
2 Tbsp
dehydrated onion flakes, reconstituted
1/4 c
brown sugar
2 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
14 oz
can tomato sauce
1 Tbsp
dijon mustard (plain mustard works fine)
1/2 tsp
allspice, ground (or mix of cinnamon/cloves)
2 pinch
salt, and
lots of fresh ground black pepper

How to Make Susan's Sloppy Joes


  • 1Reconstitute the onion flakes:
    Put onion flakes in a small bowl and pour 1/4 cup boiling water over. Let set 10 minutes.
  • 2Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat, and cook bell pepper until soft. Add in ground beef and brown well, breaking it up into a fine consistency. Pour off any extra fat. Stir in onions with liquid, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer stirring for 3-4 minutes.
  • 3Stir in tomato sauce, mustard, allspice, salt, and pepper until well mixed. Continue to simmer until liquid reduces somewhat, about 15 minutes. I cover the skillet with a spatter screen so the liquid can evaporate but the stove does not get covered with tomato sauce.
  • 4When thickened to your liking, serve on buns with french fries or baked beans, and a salad.

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About Susan's Sloppy Joes

Course/Dish: Beef
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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