Classic Sloppy Joes



Recipe Information

Total Time: 

30 minutes



Sloppy Joes are a classic family-friendly meal on a bun. The combination of ground beef with peppers and onions in a sweet and tangy sauce just makes people smile. This budget-friendly recipe uses simple ingredients, so you can feel good about serving it.


  • 2 pounds ground beef or plant-based crumbles
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 green peppers, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 hamburger buns


  1. In a large saute pan, over medium-high heat, crumble the beef. Add onion, green pepper and garlic and stir until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.
  2. Stir in the tomato sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Cook, uncovered, for about 5 minutes, until thickened. Serve on toasted buns.

Serving Suggestion

Serve with coleslaw, corn on the cob or potato salad.

Nutritional Information

440 calories, 21 g. fat, 80 mg. cholesterol, 890 mg. sodium, 38 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 26 g. protein