Sloppy Joes served on a toasted roll with a side of Spanish rice on a plate

Sloppy Joe Mix

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A delicious 30-minute one-pot meal at $1.55 a sandwich! Growing up we enjoyed homemade Sloppy Joes with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. A comfort meal like no other. Then came the canned sauces selling their quick version of this classic meal. It sounds tempting. Right?! Brown some ground beef and dump in a can of pre-made sauce. Heat through and serve. Sorry but that is not appealing to me. But I want to enjoy homemade Sloppy Joes without too much effort. If I am speaking to you, then try this Sloppy Joe Mix. It does not take much time plus you can freeze individual servings for later! Homemade Sloppy Joes reheats in a few minutes on the stovetop or microwave. At the same time, brown a seeded roll with a little butter. Enjoy an overflowing sloppy joe sandwich with a little crunch. It is a perfect make ahead meal making your meal planning easier!

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Sloppy Joe Mix

Making the Sloppy Joe Mix

  1. Chop: To make our Sloppy Joe Mix, we start with chopping the green bell peppers and onions.
  2. Heat Olive Oil: In a large skillet heat Olive Oil over medium heat.
  3. Cook Ground Beef: Add the Ground Beef cooking for 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  4. Stir: While cooking, stir the ground beef periodically breaking it apart.
  5. Drain Cooked Beef: Once cooked, remove from heat and spoon into a colander. Drain and then rinse the cooked ground beef with hot water.
  6. Skillet Quick Clean: Wipe out the skillet used to cook the ground beef.
  7. Heat Olive Oil: Using this skillet, heat more Olive Oil and then add the onions and green peppers. Cook them for about 5 minutes or until tender.
  8. Add Tomato Paste and Garlic: Mix in the tomato paste and garlic. Cook for a minute to start heating the ingredients together. Mix in the drained cooked, ground beef. Stir until incorporated into the tomato paste mixture.
  9. Make Sauce: Lastly, for our Sloppy Joe Mix we make a wonderful sauce that consists of ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce.
  10. Mix Together: Stir together all the ingredients ensuring the sauce is mixed well with the cooked ground beef.
  11. Simmer: Cover and simmer over low heat for 15-minutes or until the mixture has thickened to your preference. Sloppy Joe Mix is even better served over a toasted seeded roll.

Toasted Roll Preparation

Sloppy Joe Mix is even better with the crunch from a toasted roll! You can easily toast the rolls while reheating the Sloppy Joes for dinner.

  • Melt Butter: Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a heavy pan. Yes we use butter. Don’t skimp on the fabulous flavor introduced by butter.
  • Add Rolls: Once the butter has melted, add the rolls flat side down.
  • Brown the Rolls: Cook, uncovered over medium-low for 3 to 5 minutes until lightly brown. This is just a guideline. The cooking temperature and time depends upon your stove and the rolls thickness and texture. 

Common Questions About Making Sloppy Joes

Below are a few answers to some common questions when making Sloppy Joes. Let us know if you have other questions we can answer.

Can you freeze Sloppy Joes?

Yes, let the Sloppy Joes cool down then place into freezer safe containers. Label including the date. Remove from the freezer the day before thawing in the refrigerator. As a quick tip, use a freezer bag with flattening out the bag once the sloppy joes is added. This makes it quicker to thaw.

Can Sloppy Joes be made ahead?

Sloppy Joes are a great make ahead meal making meal planning easy. Make a large pot on Sunday to enjoy Sloppy Joe meals for several days. They actually get better with time as the ingredients blends together.

What goes with Sloppy Joes?

Sloppy Joes goes well with mashed potatoes, french fries, sweet potato fries and Spanish rice. It is a versatile dish that goes well with many different sides. Feel free to experiment with your favorite dishes!

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Sloppy Joes served on a toasted roll with a side of Spanish rice on a plate

Sloppy Joe Mix

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Meal planning is easy with homemade Sloppy Joe Mix made in 30-minutes. Keep a few containers in the freezer for a quick meal with little effort.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: 30 Minute Dishes, Dinner, Freezer Meals, Make Ahead Meals
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sloppy Joe Mix
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20 1/2 cup servings
1/2 cup servings
Calories: 282kcal
Author: Bernice
Cost: $1.55 a sandwich

Equipment

  • Large skillet
  • Colander

Ingredients

Step 1 Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 ½ pounds Ground Beef

Step 2 Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Green Bell Pepper diced
  • 1 cup Sweet Onion diced

Step 3 Ingredients

  • 3 Cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 ¼ cup Tomato Paste

Step 4 Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups Ketchup
  • 1 ¾ cups Water
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

Sloppy Joe Mix Preparation

  • In a large skillet, heat the Olive Oil over medium heat.
  • Add the Ground Beef cooking for 5 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Stir the ground beef periodically breaking it apart.
  • Once the ground beef is cooked, remove from heat and spoon into a colander. Drain and then rinse the cooked ground beef with hot water.
  • Wipe out the skillet used to cook the ground beef. Using the same skillet, heat more Olive Oil.
  • Add step 2 ingredients cooking for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Mix in step 3 ingredients. Cook for a minute to start heating the ingredients together.
  • Mix in the drained cooked, ground beef. Stir until incorporated into the tomato paste mixture.
  • Add step 4 ingredients. Stirring after each ingredient.
  • Stir together all the ingredients ensuring the sauce is mixed well with the cooked ground beef.
  • Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 to 15-minutes or until the mixture has thickened to your preference.
  • Serve over a toasted seeded roll.

Toasted Roll Preparation

  • In a heavy pan, heat 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • Once the butter has melted, add the rolls flat side down.
  • Cook, uncovered over medium-low heat for 3 to 5 minutes until lightly brown.
  • This is just a guideline. The cooking temperature and time depends upon your stove and the rolls thickness and texture.

Recipe Notes

Calories are approximate depending upon serving size and ingredients. Calories are only for the Sloppy Joes and does not include the roll. Cost per serving can vary based upon price of ingredients.
Tips
  • If the mixture is too thick, add additional water and ketchup.
  • Rinse the cooked ground beef to remove any excess fat.
  • Make a double recipe to freeze dinner size servings for meal planning.
Nutrition Facts
Sloppy Joe Mix
Amount Per Serving (20 g)
Calories 282 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 744mg32%
Potassium 555mg16%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 815IU16%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

12 comments

  1. I’ve been craving these for weeks. In NE PA, they’re called “wimpies” — in Central PA, “barbecue.” I use ketchup, Worcestershire, brown sugar, and vinegar but am going to try yours!

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