Ditch the Manwich. This Sloppy Joe recipe is hands down my favorite incarnation of the cafeteria classic (adapted from here).


I’m not sure if it’s the fresh ingredients or just the dash of high quality mustard, but something makes this the most tasty and easy of weeknight meals. It makes it to our dinner table at least once a month – more if my boyfriend gets his way.


Serve ’em with veggies and potato wedges or ditch the buns and use this for Sloppy Joes nachos (just make the meat sauce, take some cheese,  & sprinkle it all over tortilla chips, then heat it in your oven for a few minutes until the cheese melts).  So good!


The recipe scales up well, so if you’re planning a cookout try these with corn on the cob on the side and angel food cake with berries for dessert.


The Ultimate Sloppy Joes
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Ground beef, onion, green pepper, garlic and ketchup, with a hint of sweetness make for a hearty and delicious Sloppy Joe.
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ¼ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • A dash of ground black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  1. Combine ground beef, bell pepper, onion, and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until the beef is browned.
  2. Drain off liquids.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together ketchup, mustard, and brown sugar.
  4. Add ketchup mixture to the beef, reduce heat and simmer for approximately 20 minutes. (Be careful not to let it burn.)
  5. Serve on burger buns and enjoy!



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Cat loves to eat tasty homemade things, yet isn’t terribly fond of the process of making them. She prefers recipes that take shortcuts when possible – without compromising flavor. Her dog, Cheeto, likes stealing her creations from the dining room table.

She lives in the Bay Area and cites her diverse background as her biggest influence: her visual artist mom is half-Chinese, half-Greek, and from Hawai’i; her film-loving, world-music curating dad is from Montana; and she lived in both California and Montana while growing up. She loves at least a little bit about virtually everything (Pokémon Snap included) and aims to be a Jane of all trades. By day Cat is a multiple-hat-wearing media person.

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