Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe

Sloppy Joe Sandwiches seem like a genuinely midwestern food. I can picture it at church potlucks, graduation parties, and family reunions. Served in a crock pot, with buns, and potato chips with ridges. Always. And since I’m midwestern, it’s something that occasionally shows up on the dinner table too. Don’t be tempted by canned sauce (Manwich)-Sloppy Joe is quick to make, it doesn’t have many ingredients, it’s tasty, and as we have proven in the midwest it’s a great take-along to gatherings.

First gather all of your ingredients:

Sloppy Joe - Ingredients

Plochman’s Mustard is non-negotiable in our household. Don’t argue with Dad about this-you will lose. The ground beef, ketchup, chili powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire, and brown sugar brands are all up to you. Also throw an onion in there.

Sloppy Joe - Beef and Onion cooking

Chop the onion up then toss it in a skillet along with the ground beef. Fry it until the beef is browned through and then drain the grease. After that add in all the other ingredients and stir until everything is mixed evenly.

Sloppy Joe - Delicious!

Serve it up on the bun of your choice:

Sloppy Joe - On a bun

We were out of potato chips. Don’t be out of potato chips.

Emily's Signature

Sloppy Joe


  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped Onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Ketchup


  1. Add ground beef and onions to large skillet. Fry on medium high until all ground beef has browned.
  2. Drain grease off and place back on burner.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir. Let cook on medium 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
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