Grandpa Joes

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Chef Figuring It Out

My father's sloppy joe recipe; my children call him Grandpa Jo - hence the recipe name. He always made it to taste, so I don't have exact quantities.

Top Review by Sydney Mike

We loved your 'Grandpa Joes' ~ Easy to make & very flavorful! I was a little stingy with the chili powder, but other than that . . . Will be keeping your recipe around to make this again! Thanks for sharing it! [Made & reviewed in New Kids on the Block recipe tag]

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown beef and onion; if using onion powder, add salt to taste.
  2. Add combination of ketchup, paste, and sauce; the amount used will depend on how much meat. Use more ketchup for a sweeter taste.
  3. Add chili powder and seasonings. I usually "dust" the meat with the chili powder twice (and yes, this will make it mild, but I have children that won't eat it if I make it spicier) and the italian seasoning once with a few dashes of oregano. Stir those together and let simmer for a minute or so. Taste - add more of the seasonings you want. (If I use closer to two pounds, I usually like more chili powder.).
  4. After the seasonings are how you want them, add the parmesan cheese.

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