A simple, yet delicious stovetop one-skillet homemade sloppy joe recipe that can easily be doubled or tripled to feed a crowd.
Sloppy Joes are one of those nostalgic foods that most of us remember having all the time growing up but have since lost some of their popularity. Sloppy Joes are making a comeback as a classic weeknight dinner because they are super easy, quick, and loved by the whole family. The slightly sweet and tangy sauce makes this recipe popular even amongst picky eaters.
Even if you aren't feeding a large crowd of people you could double the recipe for easy lunches throughout the week. Simply store the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
Sloppy Joe Substitutions
If you don't want to use ground beef in this recipe you can easily substitute it for ground turkey, chicken, or even make the recipe vegetarian by using plant-based ground meat.
Sloppy Joes are typically served on hamburger buns, but they are versatile; so feel free to use any bread that your family likes, or that you have on hand.
Serving Suggestions for Sloppy Joe's
If you want to keep this recipe super easy you could throw some frozen french fries or tater tots in the oven that will be done as quickly as you can cook the sloppy Joes.
If you want to make the meal more balanced try serving these with a side salad or some roasted veggies. Some of my favorites are Honey Roasted Carrots and Baked Green Beans.
An air fryer is another great option if you are looking for a quick side dish. Garlic Parmesan Cauliflower is ready in under 30 minutes and elevates plain cauliflower into a crispy and flavorful side dish that pairs well with almost anything.
Homemade Sloppy Joes
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes use only half of the can
- ¼ - ½ c water
- ½ c ketchup use more ketchup for a thicker sauce
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- ½ tsp minced garlic
- ½ tsp worcestershire sauce
- salt and pepper to tasta
- Add the ground beef to a large skillet, and sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper.
- Brown the meat over medium heat, breaking it up with a wooden spatula, until fully cooked. Drain grease.
- Add all of the other ingredients to the skillet, and stir well to mix.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Serve on hamburger buns.
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