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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are a favorite in the Chaston family. We love them so much, we make a quadruple batch so we can enjoy leftovers! This recipe is huge (note that it takes 4 pounds of ground sirloin) so if you need to pare it down, just convert and reduce the amounts accordingly.

Some people like their Sloppy Joes more on the tangy side rather than the sweet. This is a sweet Sloppy Joe recipe. If you like your Sloppy Joes more tangy, reduce the amount of brown sugar. Start by removing a tablespoon at a time to taste.

I’ve already highlighted the jazz song “Happiness is a Thing Called Joe” for Happy Joe’s Taco Pizza, but Sloppy Joes deserve the “happiness” classification as well. Sloppy Joes are on my sister’s top five favorite meals of “food happiness” and I’m sure it will be on yours, too! As for the song, listening to a little Ella Fitzgerald always makes me happy!

Sloppy Joes


  • 4 pounds ground sirloin
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon prepared honey dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 cup celery, sliced
  • 2 cups red pepper, diced
  • 2 (6 ounces) cans tomato paste
  • 2 cups Heinz® ketchup
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3-1/2 cup white vinegar (to suit your taste)
  • Hamburger buns
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. In a large pan brown ground sirloin over medium heat. Periodically break meat apart into small pieces. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Drain grease off meat then add all remaining ingredients (except hamburger buns).
  3. Simmer uncovered over medium high heat for about 30 minutes. Onion, celery and red pepper should still be slightly crunchy when mixture is done.
  4. Serve warm on hamburger buns topped with shredded cheese.

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About Jillaine: As a professional jazz singer who also studies law, savoring daily nosh with family refreshes me. You are invited to my table to try great food, hear tasty music, and join in upbeat conversation!

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