Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes will always remind me of middle school lunch, or the cafeteria scene in Billy Madison with the lunch-woman doling out Sloppy Joe sandwiches. This classic meal also brings me back to my love and appreciation for timeless meals, whether they are simple, over the top, or old-school. I’ve vowed to keep my recipes relatively simple and accessible for everyone, with quality ingredients, and zero compromise on taste. Sloppy Joes are ridiculously easy to make, prep for at the start of the week, and can be eaten in a variety of ways.

It’s winter, and there’s truly nothing better than homecooked, warming meals on chilly nights. Here in the New York, we are about to get slammed with snow, and instead of resorting to a typical chili or a soup, browning some ground beef in a tomato sauce sandwiched in a kaiser roll is precisely what my mind – and belly – needed. Typically, I’d make sweet potato fries or wedges to go with this dinner, but I lost track of time, and forgot. Life happens, right?! Either way, my kitchen exuded such a fragrant smell of garlic, fresh pepper, and tomato when this dinner simmered on the stove, and my 10 month old got to try some for the first time! I’m so glad he’s a foodie.

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  • Bread: Don’t worry about making these the traditional way if you’re watching carb intake, or if you’re gluten free. Throw this over roasted potatoes, brown rice, or paired with a side of sautéed veggies; I guarantee it’ll be delicious.
  • Meat: Not a ground beef fan? Swap for ground turkey – add a little bit more oil to the pan and a touch more seasoning and you’re good to go!

Sloppy Joes

What's better than a timeless classic sloppy joes? This recipe will bring you back to your childhood, and your tastebuds will be quite satisfied.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword classic meal, dinner, easy recipe, ground beef, meal prep, sloppy joes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 sandwiches
Author Morgan Peaceman


  • 1 lb ground beef I use grass fed
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced jarred garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce or 1 full cup for extra "sloppy"!


  1. Heat a large sauté pan on a medium high heat with avocado oil, or oil of choice. Add the minced jarred garlic and onion. Cook until the onions become soft, approximately 2-3 minutes.

  2. Add in the ground beef and Worcestershire sauce. Break apart the beef and combine with the onions and garlic. Lower the flame to medium.

  3. To the pan, layer in the seasonings and tomato sauce and stir to combine. Make sure to stir all the ground beef into the tomato sauce. Lower the flame to medium low/low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.

  4. Serve sandwiched between a kaiser roll, potato roll, on top of rice, potatoes, or served with a large pile of roasted veggies.

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