Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes (from scratch)

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes (from scratch) are the perfect meal for busy weeknights! They are made from scratch and are so yummy your kids will love them!

I love Sloppy Joes on busy weeknights and love that my entire family (most of the time) will eat them.

For years I used the Sloppy Joe seasoning packets and I loved them! It was a fast and easy meal so I never thought that a sloppy joe could be 10x’s better! Then I saw a post from The Cookie Rookie (love everything she does) and I knew I had to try her Sloppy Joes. And we LOVED them! So delicious, perfect flavor, and so easy!

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife

The Cookie Rookie has the BEST seasonings for her sloppy joes! (They are perfection). I used more ground beef and adjusted the seasonings/sauce, which makes it perfect for 8 servings (perfect for an 8 pack of buns and enough for those that want seconds…which happens every time). I changed just a few things but the seasonings are based on the Cookie Rookie’s recipe and they are spot on!

Making the Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes (from scratch)

These Sloppy Joes are so easy to make. Just brown your ground beef, with some yellow onion. Drain the ground beef then add in your ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce tomato paste and seasonings.

Because I used more ground beef I ended up with 8 sloppy joes, but you could end up with less depending on how full you stuff your bun. My boys loved them and two of them actually came back for seconds (total win!).

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife

Thanks Cookie Rookie for sharing such a perfect Sloppy Joe recipe! These will be on repeat at my house!

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes (from scratch) are the perfect meal for busy weeknights! They are made from scratch and are so yummy your kids will love them!

For some other Fast & Easy meals try my Fast and Easy Ground Beef Stroganoff, or my Easy Meatloaf.



Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes (from scratch)

My family loves these sloppy joes from scratch. It is a fast and simple meal that is a perfect for busy weeknights!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 sloppy joes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1 can (6 oz.) tomato paste
  • 5 tbsp water *just fill up the tomato paste can half way
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp kosher salt *more to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ground mustard *dried ground spice, not bottled yellow mustard
  • pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)
  • pepper to taste
  • 8 Hamburger Buns

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, on medium heat, brown your ground beef with the chopped onion. Drain and rinse (optional on the rinsing), then place ground beef back in skillet.
  • On medium-low heat, add in the tomato paste, water, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and vinegar. Mix well.
  • Add your seasonings and mix well.
  • Serve in buns, and enjoy!
  • The Sloppy Joe filling will stay great in the fridge up to 4 days and can be reheated in the microwave or stovetop!

Notes

Recipe adapted from the Cookie Rookie .
You do not have to drain or rinse your ground beef.  I do both (I am weird and always rinse mine), but I would definitely at least drain it so you don’t have the extra moisture/fat of the ground beef in your sloppy joes!
If you want your sloppy joes really thick you can add less water than the 5 tbsp. the recipe calls for.  Likewise you can add more water if you want them a thinner consistency.
 

Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife
Fast and Easy Sloppy Joes from Scratch | The Butcher's Wife

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