Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce (Copycat)

Manwich Original Sloppy Joe Sauce (Copycat) created by The Spice Guru

My reverse-engineered homestyle recipe for Hunt's "Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce".

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  • BROWN the GROUND BEEF in a skillet over medium heat, breaking meat up with spatula as it cooks, while stirring occasionally.
  • MEANWHILE as the meat is browning, drop approximately 1 halved medium red bell pepper and 1 quartered green bell pepper into a food processor while running, until pepper pieces are as fine as they will chop.
  • DRAIN the GROUND BEEF if necessary after it has browned.
  • COVER the skillet with ground beef; REDUCE heat to lowest setting to keep warmed.
  • WHISK the following SAUCE ingredients well in a medium bowl: 1 (6 ounce) can quality tomato paste, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Karo light corn syrup, 1/2 cup Heinz distilled white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 1 tablespoon minced onion flakes, 1 teaspoon unseasoned sweet chili powder, 1 teaspoon plain salt, 1/2 teaspoon Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/8 teaspoon red chili flakes, 1/8 teaspoon white pepper.
  • POUR the sauce mixture into a medium saucepan; ADD one bay leaf; STIR in the chopped BELL PEPPER.
  • BOIL the sauce mixture for one full minute while whisking constantly; REDUCE heat to medium; COOK for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally; REMOVE bay leaf; SEASON to taste with salt if necessary.
  • ADD sauce to cooked GROUND BEEF in saucepan; STIR until mixture is thoroughly combined; COVER; KEEP warmed.
  • TO PREPARE SLOPPY JOES: For toasted steamed buns if desired, melt butter a large skillet over medium heat; PLACE place halved buns cut-side down; REDUCE heat and cover until buns are browned on bottom and heated through. Spoon sauce over warmed hamburger buns (you may customize your Sloppy Joes to your own preference, such as adding powdered parmesan cheese and/or shredded cheddar cheese, or other extras).
  • SERVE and ENJOY!
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  1. DBFL1114
    This was easy to make and tasty. I read the reviews first and was sold. The Mrs. & I recently saw a show on how Manwhich is made and decided to make a "homemade" version. I saw this one and went to work. This one works, works well and is eerily close to what our mind says Manwhich tastes like (something we haven't had in years). Thanks for the recipe! We did make 2 changes and they seemed to work for us. 1) we doubled up on the meat (and thus the qty. of ingredients) 2) added 1 medium yellow onion to the beef, while browning.
  2. Mikejcasano
    I tried other copy cat recipes which did not resemble manwich sandwich , THIS IS THE BEST, my family is picky and did not believe it is a copy cat recipe. My hat off to the chef, mathematician, and Master Magician.
  3. Stephanie K.
    This is fantastic!! I used sweet onion cut 1/2 to 1 inch in place of flakes, red, yellow and green pepper also cut 1/2 to 1 inch...brown with beef. I use Lawry's Coarse Garlic salt ( on everything really!) in place of regular salt and cut garlic powder back a little, added as beef and veggies brown for full flavor. Love this recipe!
  4. Gus G.
    Where is the brown sugar? Every other recipe I’ve found has brown sugar in it for that “barbecue beef”, or sloppy joe flavor. But, yes, I did ask for the Manwich copycat recipe.
  5. ebaughma
    Spot on! Made this exactly as written and it's perfect. Family loved it! Next I am going to try to substitute agave nectar for the corn syrup to make it a bit healthier. Fingers crossed!

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