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Homemade Sloppy Joes

Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Author: Jennifer Locklin


  • 2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoons salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Brown ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the beef is browned and is in small crumbles, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in onion and green bell pepper; cook and stir until softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in minced garlic and sauté until fragrant and lightly cooked – not browned, about 30 seconds.
  • Add tomato sauce and stir, scraping the pan to dissolve any brown flavor bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  • Mix in ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, salt, and black pepper.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated and the mixture is thick, about 40 minutes. ***At this point you could pour all of the mixture into a 6-quart slow cooker and set on low for 4 to 6 hours, or until ready to serve.
  • Season with more salt and black pepper, to taste if needed.