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Quick Tangy Sloppy Joes

I adjusted three different recipes to come up with this one. Kids like the tangy taste and request the sandwiches for birthday parties.—Anna Adams, Chatsworth, California
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped sweet red or green pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 hamburger buns, split


  • In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, cook beef, onion, red pepper and celery over medium heat until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender; drain.
  • In a small bowl, combine the ketchup, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and salt; stir into beef mixture. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on buns.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 314 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 935mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • Glenora
    Oct 3, 2020

    I decided to try the Taste of Home recipe. After reading a few reviews, it seemed like one my grandchildren may like, too. The preparation was easy and the TASTE was superb!!! The family loved this sloppy joe, and I will use this recipe again!

  • dcscake_OH
    Dec 8, 2017

    i tried these Sloppy Joes and they are the best, very easy to make. So much better than any canned, or even other recipes I have used.

  • gunslinger
    Dec 8, 2017

    Very tasty , so much better than canned with very little effort!

  • Shoes58
    Apr 26, 2013

    so much better than manwich !!!

  • tmarsh
    Jan 2, 2013

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  • ehume127
    Nov 26, 2012

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  • tllamar4
    Sep 28, 2011

    Made it for dinner tonight. Was easy and absolutely delicious!

  • eli05
    Jul 29, 2011

    perfect just the way it is. My husband isn't that crazy about sloppy joes, but he loved these!

  • hallmark3
    Jul 18, 2011

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  • brbrown96
    Jul 5, 2011

    This was very salty. Did I do something wrong? Next time I will only put 1/2 tsp of salt. I also would add just a bit more surgar, 1 clove minced garlic, and will use red wine vinegar instead of white. I did add about 1 1/4 c sweet baby ray's as well. I will make again, as I like using the ketchup base (I always have ketchup) but feel like I have altered the recipe so much I feel guilty saying it's the same recipe. I think cutting the salt will go a LONG way to make it better.