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So-Easy Sloppy Joes

Everybody in the family will love the zesty, fun flavor of this simple staple. Try it spooned over warmed cornbread if you don’t have buns. —Karen Anderson, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 sandwich buns, split
  • Fresh arugula, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Serve on buns. Top meat with arugula.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled meat mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Serve on buns with arugula.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 478 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 918mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • K.
    Jun 28, 2020

    Followed the recipe exactly, no changes. These are very good sloppy joes.

  • nightskystar
    May 23, 2020

    I made them keto..sugar free ketchup, swerve brand "brown sugar". really childhood came back in the first bite!! I love that they dont have onions..that was the one thing i didnt like about sloppy joes!!

  • cynandtom
    May 23, 2020

    Quick and easy, delicious sloppy joe recipe. The only changes I made was adding chopped onions and some Worcestershire sauce to the mixture. I served on potato rolls with some shredded cheddar. A definite keeper!

  • pajamaangel
    Oct 30, 2019

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  • Kathleen
    Oct 20, 2019

    Good, but I prefer other recipes. I thought the tomato paste and tomatoes with chillies overpowered the recipe. Overall, though, a nice alternative option.

  • choy
    Oct 13, 2019

    So much better than the canned sauce. I have made this many times. Always add some finely chopped onion, if I have time, chopped green pepper and celery. Simmer together for a few minutes, cover and turn off. Heat up again when ready to eat

  • angela32
    Jan 29, 2016

    These are really good. Love that the recipe uses rotel for a bit of kick.

  • dschultz01
    Jun 11, 2015

    Very quick and easy to make. The taste is a little too tomato-ey, but definitely a good option when you need a quick meal.

  • geneenb
    Oct 31, 2013

    Made these for Halloween and everyone loved them! I doubled the recipe, still turned out great. Also I added Worchestire (spellling) sauce.

  • Birdy3
    Jan 6, 2013

    My family LOVES this. All I add is a slice of cheese for my picky 5 and 8 year old boys and they eat it up! We eat this a minimum of twice a month... sometimes more if we are pressed for time. We usually use beef but occasionally use ground turkey instead.