Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins

Grandmother's sloppy joe recipe

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown hamburger, onion, green pepper together.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 15 minutes.
Most Helpful

Kurt, I made this for dinner tonight and I have to say that it is the VERY BEST sloppy joe sauce I have EVER had!! Unfortunately, I didn't have beef, so I used a roll of Bob Evans sausage, which I had an abundance of, and omitted the green peppers, (they upset my stomach so very badly). My husband, who will eat anything on this planet, said he would not eat this meal because it would taste just awful with sausage. Would you know, his curiosity got the best of him and he ended up eating 2 sandwiches and licked out the pan? Oh, yes he did! And I harrassed him about it! We ALL agree this deserves so much more than 5 stars!! Bravo! Thanks SO much for posting this! I will only use THIS recipe to make the sauce from here on out!!! ;-)

Wendy W88 September 15, 2002

The carnivores in my family loved this recipe! However, I would suggest cutting down on the water, or perhaps even leaving it out completely. When I was done cooking, I drained out over a cup of liquid and then it was perfect.

SJG3483 December 12, 2002

Excellent recipe Kurt Detweiler - thank you for posting. I've finally found a sloppy joe mix both my husband and I truly like. I used your basic recipe with a couple of changes. In place of catsup I used chili sauce (I use this for cocktail sauce) as it has a bit more kick than catsup and I also added garlic, dash of Worcestershire and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (other reviewers suggested these last three ingredients). I can stop looking now :)

Gagoo March 01, 2016