Classic Beef Sloppy Joes --
  • Total Recipe Time: 40 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings.


  1. 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner)
  2. 1 cup minced sweet onion
  3. 1 cup minced green bell pepper
  4. 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) unsalted tomato sauce
  5. 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  6. 1/4 cup ketchup
  7. 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  8. 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  9. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  10. 4 whole wheat hamburger buns or 8 slider buns
Toppings (optional):
  1. Dill pickle slices, coleslaw, American or Cheddar cheese slices


  1. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion, cook 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown.  Add ground beef and bell pepper; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking beef into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, ketchup,  Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and mustard; increase heat to medium-high.  Bring to a boil; cook 5 to 10 minutes or until sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, as desired.
  3. Divide beef mixture evenly among buns. Top with pickles, coleslaw and cheese, if desired.  Close sandwiches. 
  • Test Kitchen Tips
  • Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
  • You may serve the beef mixture over hot cooked whole wheat pasta instead of buns. 
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