The Best Sloppy Joes

I’m so happy to share The Best Sloppy Joes recipe with y’all. This recipe is easy to make, tastes amazing, loaded with flavor, plus there’s even a slow cooker version. The ground beef (or turkey) and the pork sausage gives the base of this recipe a hearty and flavorful base.

The Best Sloppy Joes

This all-time favorite meal is an American classic.

Thanks to my friend and neighbor, Charis, I have this recipe to share with you.

Serve your Sloppy Joes with some All American Potato Salad, Homemade Mac and Cheese, or some Baked Sweet Potato Fries. It’s flexible and goes with everything.

Plus, it’s easy to make: brown the meat, let it simmer, and you’ll have a delicious meal in an hour.

They not only make great leftovers, but easy dinners like this are perfect for busy week nights. Let’s get started.

Ground turkey in a tomato sauce served on a hamburger bun.

Making The Best Sloppy Joes

Using a Dutch oven or large pot, brown the ground beef (or ground turkey), along with the pork sausage, onion, and bell pepper.

While the meat is browning, chop it to break it down into smaller pieces.

Once the meat is no longer pink, drain well.

The Best Sloppy Joes

Continue cooking on stove top.

Once drained, add the rest of the ingredients and stir well.

Heat on high and bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low.

Simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This allows for all the flavors to come together. Yummy!

Or, continue cooking in a slow cooker.

Once the meat is cooked and drained, add the meat mixture to the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients, plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Stir well then cover. Easy.

Set slow cooker to HIGH for 4 hours.

A sweet and tangy version of an American classic dinner.

Let’s eat!

Sloppy Joes are traditionally served on toasted hamburger buns, although you could also use toasted bread or hot dog buns.

While sloppy Joes are hard to eat, hence the name “Sloppy,” I’ll tell you how I eat them.

Pick them up carefully, (both hands) then pinch the buns together on the side closest to you. Tip up the side of the sandwich away from you.

Keep a tight grip on the lower part of the sandwich so the meat mixture doesn’t fall out.

Oh, and keep a fork and napkin handy, they’re sloppy no matter what you do. Good luck.

More Side Dishes to accompany your Sloppy Joes:

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The Best Sloppy Joes

Traditional Sloppy Joes made with ground beef (or turkey) and ground pork sausage.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy dinner, great leftovers, hearty, one pot
Servings: 8
Calories: 334kcal
Author: Sweet Ordeal


  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef or ground turkey
  • 16 oz. ground pork sausage
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 8 oz. tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


  • In large Dutch oven, brown beef, sausage, onion, and bell pepper over medium-high heat, stirring often. Chop with spatula to break down meat into small pieces. Cook approx. 10 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink. Drain well.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the meat mixture and stir well. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Serve on toasted hamburger buns. Enjoy!


For Slow Cooker version, brown meats, onion, and pepper. Drain well, then add to slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients, plus 1/4 cup all-purpose flour. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours.


Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 88mg | Sodium: 892mg | Potassium: 627mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 843IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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The Best Sloppy Joes

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