Traditional recipes

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

This recipe is super-versatile—you can use carrots and celery instead of a bell pepper, sweeten the Joes with brown sugar instead of molasses, and omit the chili powder and red pepper if you like a milder filling. The chips and pickles, however? Non-negotiable.


  • 1 pound ground beef (20% fat)
  • ½ green bell pepper, chopped
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon robust-flavored (dark) molasses
  • 4 hamburger rolls, buttered, toasted
  • Kettle chips and pickle spears (for serving)

Recipe Preparation

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high. Cook beef, breaking up with a spoon, until browned on all sides but not completely cooked through, 6–8 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving as much fat in pan as possible.

  • Reduce heat to medium and cook onion, bell pepper, and garlic, stirring, until tender but not browned, 6–8 minutes; season with salt and black pepper. Add chili powder, paprika, onion powder, and red pepper and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add stock, tomato purée, ketchup, Worcestershire, mustard, molasses, and beef along with any accumulated juices to pan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring and scraping up any brown bits, until mixture is thick and saucy (like a ragú or Bolognese), 12–15 minutes; season with salt and pepper.

  • Spoon beef mixture onto rolls. Serve with chips and pickle spears alongside.

  • Do Ahead: Meat mixture can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and chill. Reheat before assembling.

Reviews Sectionlove the extra flavor adding some of these ingredients gives this classic recipe !watsonjacdayton,tn03/23/20I made this last night with ground dark turkey meat and subbed red pepper for the green. Ate it on French hamburger buns. Delicious and more importantly, not too sweet and depth of flavor. I see this recipe being in high rotation in our house.divacooksMiami Beach09/30/18I loved this recipe, simple, easy and quick to do, now just put into practice, and will be today. Thank you!

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