Sloppy Joes


DSCN0833I’ve been wanting to make homemade sloppy joes for a while.  Today was the day.  BUT I made the mistake of starting to make them without making sure I had all of the ingredients first.  After I browned the ground beef, I realized we had no barbeque sauce or worcestershire sauce and one or both were required for the recipes I had saved.  We always have these!  I decided to improvise (with frozen pizza in mind in case it didn’t work out).  This is what I came up with instead and Scott said it was great.  So, it’s an accidental keeper!

If I wasn’t making this for the kids, I would probably add diced green peppers and onions but I thought they’d eat them better plain.  It’s hard to say what I’ll do next time though because Scott told me not to change a thing! 🙂


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion flakes
  • dash of steak seasoning
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • hamburger buns


Brown ground beef and drain.  Add remaining ingredients, mix well, simmer on low for about 15 minutes.  Serve on hamburger buns.

Inspired by: Taste of Home and Food Network

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