Sloppy joes

Juicy sloppy joes with a sweet savory sauce – your ideal weekday dinner!

Sloppy joes are easy to make and feed a crowd if needed. Make a big batch of the sauce and freeze it to have it at hand for an easy and fast weekday dinner. I know the soft bread rolls are so wrong, but they feel so right in this recipe! Use some more substantial bread rolls if you have some dignity, I do not.

(For 4 people, with 2 sloppy joes for every loved one!)


Ingredient list
  • 600g minced meat, beef or pork (try using 50/50)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 2 big onions, peeled
  • 2 clove of garlic, peeled
  • Dash of ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 200ml ketchup (or barbecue sauce if you like a more smoky flavor)
  • 400g can of diced tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • Optional: A dash of tabasco or hot pepper sauce
  • 8 soft bread rolls
  • 8 leaves of lettuce (I usually use iceberg)
  • 8 slices of cheese


Make the meat sauce

Dice the onion and the garlic. Halve the green bell pepper, remove the seeds and membranes. Cut into small cubes.

Put a skillet on very high heat and add the minced meat. No extra oil needed.

Keep breaking the meat into smaller chunks, browning it on all sides for about 5 minutes.

Add onion chunks, bell pepper and continue to stir for 3 minutes on high heat. Stir in garlic and ground cumin and cook for another 2 minutes.

Add worcestershire sauce to the skillet and stir for another minute, letting the liquid evaporate. Add ketchup, sugar (and hot sauce if wanted), stir to combine and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

Taste and adjust seasoning with slightly more sugar, ketchup or worchestershire sauce if needed.

Put everything on a bun

Cut the bread rolls open, leaving the two halves slightly connected for slightly easier eating.

Place lettuce on each bread roll and spoon on hot sloppy joe sauce. Immediately top with the sliced cheese, so it can melt from the heat.


Serve, dig in and get messy with this delicious treat!


Please let me know in the comments what you think of the recipe! Do you think this should be made with beef only? Don’t like the sweetness of the sauce? Leave your comment below and help me makes this recipe even better!


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