36 Reviews

I loved this recipe! I did make a substitution of a large jalapeno for the bell pepper, as I was out of bell pepper. I think it added a little heat that I liked a lot, so if I make this again, I'll do the same substitution. I made it on top of the stove, so added about 1/4 cup more water to handle the evaporation, plus the fact that I like my sloppy joes juicy. I also only cooked it for about 1 hour, as I didn't read the cook time before doing the preparation, and dinner was required to be on time. I'm sure the longer cooking would have mellowed everything out some, but it was very edible after 1 hour. This is a keeper!

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Cook In Southwest February 07, 2013

The BEST sloppy joe recipe ever!!! It's not too tangy or sweet, and the flavors blend together perfectly for that old-time sloppy joe taste. The longer you cook it, the better it tastes too! I found this recipe on here quite a few years ago, and I've been making it ever since. It's awesome. It's that kind of sloppy joe you'd find at a church potluck, or at grandma's house. I've passed this recipe on to dozens of people, and I always share the story of it coming in with the electric bill!

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MinnesotaMindi March 31, 2009

Best homemade sloppy joes ever! I've tried many recipes but this is the go-to from now on.

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duke246 September 22, 2014

I've tried quite of few sloppy joe recipes, and this is by far the best one. I usually vary from the written recipe, but no changes are called for with this one. I've also used ground turkey without browning it first and had great success. When I couldn't remember which one we liked, I was sorely disappointed with every other result. Now that I know this was THE one, I will never use another recipe again.

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little giggly's mom October 15, 2012

This is the best recipe I have found on this site. I made another popular recipe and found it too sweet and it had too much of a BBQ taste. I did reduce the vinegar to 1 T. and added a bit more water, but it is pretty much perfect. Thanks so much forposting!

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MagsMeals January 14, 2012

I have made this a few times but not sure if I have tried the crock pot yet. Never planning that far ahead! As written, it is too sweet for me but this time I omitted the sugar and used red wine vinegar and I like it much better. Added about a cup of cooked beans and found it still needed catsup. I grew up on a powdered package mix- didn't think it would be so hard to find something to replace it! It was more "saucy" than this recipe.

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Chef Tweaker November 25, 2011

Thank you so much for sharing this! It was delicious!!!! I haven't had Sloppy Joes in a very long time because I never cared much for the canned stuff and it never occurred to me to go looking for a homemade recipe. I'm so happy I found this! My kids also loved it! This is definitely going into the rotation! The only thing I did differently was to simmer it on the stove for an hour instead of the Crockpot and only added a few shakes of pepper. Perfection!

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Liz in NJ October 12, 2011

Very tasty!

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jobokuni January 23, 2011

Tasted just like Manwhich! So happy I chose this one!!!

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keesha84 January 18, 2011

I was a little skeptical that this was the "best recipe" you have ever had" but it really is true. Fantastic! My daughter does not like sloppy joes because a lot of the recipes are too "barbecuey" but this one was great - very flavorful. I loved that there was plenty of sauce and I just cooked it down on the stove until i got it the consistency I wanted it. Thanks so much for sharing a great recipe.

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Canamari May 12, 2010
Sloppy Joes