Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

The sloppier the Joe, the tastier (in our experience).
April 28, 2020, 11:00am
Photo by Farideh Sadeghin

Servings: 6
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes


2 tablespoons canola oil
1 pound|450 grams ground beef
1 green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup|300 grams ketchup
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
1 ½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ teaspoons yellow mustard
½ teaspoon chili flakes
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons|44 grams unsalted butter, melted
6 large hamburger buns


1. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the beef and cook, breaking it up into smaller pieces using a wooden spoon, until evenly browned all over, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the bell pepper and onion and cook until soft, 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute longer. Add the ketchup, brown sugar, salt, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, chili flakes, and ⅓ cup|65 ml water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring, until thick, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

2. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high. Spread butter on the inside of the buns and place butter side down on the skillet. Cook buns until golden, 2 to 3 minutes.

3. Top the inside bottom of each bun with some sloppy joe mixture and top with the other bun, then serve.

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