Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes are the dinner everyone loves. Perfect for the whole family.

Homemade Sloppy Joes are super satisfying and come together with minimal effort. They’re sure to become a family favorite!

I sat down in early January and came up with a list of goals for My Baking Addiction for 2016. One of those goals happened to be sharing things other than desserts. Whether it be home decor topics, products I’m loving, or delicious dinner recipes, I decided that I’m going to share a little bit more of the things I love.

Now before we all get our knickers in a twist, know that the primary focus of my blog will continue to be desserts. That’s never going to change. I’m simply expanding just a bit to keep the creativity flowing and also appeal to be both long-time readers and new ones. Plus, if I’m completely honest with you, I need some motivation to help get my dinner game a little stronger.

Homemade Sloppy Joes have just the right tang from the ketchup base. So good!

As I’ve mentioned before, Eric and I both work from home, which to many of my friends is their worst nightmare. I often get the “You mean you’re together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?” stare that awaits a series of verbal gripes, but truth is, it’s not bad at all. We both have our own work spaces and are able to balance our schedules pretty easily. But despite both of us being home all day, every day, our meal planning game is most definitely not on point.

Unless we’ve got something bubbling away in the slow cooker or ready for the Instant Pot, one of us is either scanning the pantry, or running to the market around 5:00. It’s just the way we roll around here. But both of us are kind of fed up about it, so we’re dedicated to making a change. Call it a new year resolution, if you will, but I’m hoping with you folks keeping us honest, we’ll call it a lifestyle change before long.

Homemade Sloppy Joes are a childhood favorite and so easy to make. A great weeknight dinner.

One of our favorite on-the-fly meals happens to be these simple Homemade Sloppy Joes. They come together super quickly, require minimal ingredients, and they pair perfectly with just about anything from a fresh green salad to Jo Jo Potato Wedges or chips and French onion chip dip. Sometimes we serve them on buns, sometimes on leftover biscuits – even a slice of toasted bread works in a pinch!

What do you say? You with us on this whole dinnertime game change? I’m hoping you could use the motivation too, and we can do this together. I’d love to hear your favorite quick and easy meals too!

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow or sweet onion
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook beef and onion stirring occasionally, until beef is brown; drain.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.
  3. Add whisked ingredients to the browned beef and stir until thoroughly combined. Bring mixture to a simmer.
  4. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.


  • This recipe doubles well to feed a crowd.
  • Homemade Sloppy Joes freeze well in a freezer-safe container.
adapted from allrecipes

Homemade Sloppy Joes couldn't be easier or more delicious. Serve them up with a salad or homemade fires for the perfect weeknight meal!

8 Responses to “Homemade Sloppy Joes”

  1. Charlene Garcia — February 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

    I think your wonderful!… Thanks for the awesome recipes and your “genuine-NESS.”


    • Jamie — February 2, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thanks so much, Charlene! I really appreciate your kind words and am so happy to have you as a reader! :)

  2. Laura @ My Friend's Bakery — February 2, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I love sloppy Joe’s and this recipe has about a million less ingredients than the one I’m used to. I’ll definitely be trying this one! Thanks


    • Jamie — February 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      I hope you love them, Laura! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. Karen — February 2, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    This is similar to my “recipe”.  I add diced green peppers to mine.  I also use fresh garlic cloves and finely chop them instead of garlic powder.  Never thought to put mustard in it!  Might have to add that next time.


    • Jamie — February 2, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      I’ve used fresh garlic as well, but never green peppers, I’ll have to give that a try! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. Laura Hussung — February 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Delish! Thanks for the recipe, I liked how it didn’t have a ton of ingredients but was yummy.
    I did add a dash of Worchestshire which was great, but not necessary. I also didn’t remember to get the bell pepper so I used 3/4 c of steamed spinach. Couldn’t taste it, but added some nutritional value.


    • Jamie — February 23, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Great ideas, Laura! I’m so glad you liked it!

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