Mom's Sloppy Joes

Julia Ferguson


When I was a kid my mother made Sloppy Joes from scratch, seems as though she simmered them on the stove top for hours. They were so good, with all that juice soaking through the bun, you wouldn't dare, try to pick it up and have the juice run down your arm.
Most of all, Sloppy Joes remind me of Sunday Suppers, at the church I attended as a kid. They always served a supper before church services, and If I remember correctly, the cost was only .25 cents. The meal consisted of 1 sloppy joe, carrot and celery sticks, potato chips, soft drink and a cookie or ice cream cup for dessert. Enjoy!

★★★★★ 2 votes
6-8 depends on how large servings are.
20 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top


2 lb
lean ground beef or ground chuck (i used 85% lean grass fed ground beef)
medium-large onion, small dice
green bell pepper, small dice
jalapeno, small dice (optional)
celery ribs, small dice
15 oz. cans stewed tomatoes (cut-up)
14.5 oz can tomatoes and green chilies
1/4-1/2 c
tomato ketchup
1 can(s)
condensed chicken gumbo soup (optional)
salt and pepper, to taste (i leave out the salt)
1 tsp
2 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
garlic powder

How to Make Mom's Sloppy Joes


  • 1In large skillet over med high heat, crumble ground beef, add diced celery, onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, salt, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder and chili powder. Mix until combined.
  • 2Stirring often, until ground beef is thoroughly browned.
  • 3Add the cut-up canned stewed tomatoes, canned tomatoes and green chilies, chicken gumbo soup (optional) and ketchup. Stir until all combined.
  • 4Bring up to a simmer and cover losely with lid, turn heat down to just simmering. Let simmer for about 30 minutes, checking to make sure mixture does not stick to bottom of skillet.
  • 5Serve on large BBQ buns, with your favorite contiments and garnishes.

    My favorite: A dab of mayo and a squirt of mustard, mixed together on top with a dab of sweet pickle relish.
    The Hubs Favorite: Sliced onion on top with mustard and ketchup on bun.

    Enjoy your Favorite way:!

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About Mom's Sloppy Joes

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American