Manwich (Copycat)

"I really dig Manwich, but the canned stuff gives me the tummy ache sometimes. When I found this clone recipe, I decided to try it to see if it gave me the tummy ache too. NOPE!! I was pleased! It may take a little more effort than opening a can, but for me, it's worth it. Also, you know this stuff is fresh and you never know how long that other stuff has been in a can."
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Ready In:




  • Fry the beef and drain the fat.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  • Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Serve on toasted buns with your favorite condiments.
  • Mine are cheese and mustard with pickles and chips on the side.

Questions & Replies

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  1. christopher n.
    Okay so doesn't using a can of tomato paste defeat the purpose of not using a can of manwich??
  2. sunlover1973
    If the mustard called for in this recipe, prepared mustard or ground mustard powder?
  3. christopher n.


  1. burkehenry
    My boys who ONLY like Manwich loved this. It really does taste exactly like it - minus that funky metallic taste that Manwich has. I used 1 teaspoon of onion powder instead of the flakes because I had it in the pantry. I also added 1/3 cup chopped onion the last minute or so browning the beef. I added the green peppers at that point too. This is a keeper!
  2. Barl6440
    @Suzytx: "Does not have a lick of sugar in it."? This recipe calls for a whole cup of ketchup, and your standard Heinz stuff has 4g of sugar per *tablespoon*. It has plenty of sugar, unless you're just using tomato sauce. Anyhow, great recipe, tastes absolutely wonderful. Thank you kindly, op!
  3. geekbearinggifts
    I make this with 2-3 cups cooked lentils instead of ground beef, and add a lot more onion and bell pepper (1/2 to one whole large green bell pepper, and 1/2-3/4 cup diced onion. My husband adores Manwich and would prefer Sloppy Joes made with meat, but I knew the sauce was a keeper when he went back for seconds of the Lentil Joes. I recently noticed that Heinz (my favorite ketchup) now offers a "natural" version without HFCS, so I'll be getting some when we run through the club-size bottle DH bought last time we needed some.
  4. Arntzie
    Excellent recipe! I may cut back on the ketchup as it was a little heavy on the 'tangy' side for our taste next time.... But that is the only things I'd change. Thanks for sharing.
  5. buckeye41
    I found this recipe because we made sloppy joes for dinner. For 7 of us it takes 3 pounds of meat but the problem was that I only had one can of Manwich. I tried this and absolutely cannot tell the difference between this and the can. In fact, I think it tastes much better than the can. Thank you for sharing this.


  1. Laura Gentile Harri
    I used red pepper instead of green. It was great,
  2. Plastic Jones
    More garlic is better!
  3. Samantha B.
    I really wanted something for my slow cooker but couldn't find a manwich copycat specific to slow cooker recipes. So I sauteed a little sweet onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper, and added the minced garlic to that. Then put it in the crockpot with the remaining ingredients. Tripled the recipe as well because I had 3 lbs of burger on hand that needed to get used. Added a couple tablespoons of pepper and a little onion powder, mixed it up and set it to high. Since all the vegetables were already sauteed, I only needed it on for about 3 hours to mix in all the flavors. It was very good. Picture was taken before it started "cooking".
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  4. Phil L.
    Add chopped green, red bell pepper, hot sauce or cayenne and some white vinegar along with 1 tsp of msg....yes msg, it won't hurt you! You can also use Heinz Chili Sauce instead of ketchup.
  5. lynda_gould_11764970
    Added chopped celery, onions, and red peppers. I also simmer it for at least 45 minutes after it's mixed together (it really develops the flavors).


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