Here’s a really easy sloppy joe recipe that is homemade and only requires a few ingredients to make. Your whole family will enjoy this comfort meal and I bet you never realized just how easy they were to make from scratch! Use just 3 basic ingredients for a tangy yet sweet meal!
We love Sloppy Joes in our house! We created an easy sloppy joe recipe using just 3 things + the meat. I know you already have 2 in the door of your refrigerator. Here is where our experimenting began and why you will never buy the can again after making them this way. (originally published 6/14)
After several trials and “more of this” and “less of that”, we came up with a simple sloppy joe recipe. Instead of using Manwich we used just these 3 ingredients.
Your kids are going to love this one!
Homemade Sloppy Joes
I am all about easy recipes because we both work full time and let’s face it, we don’t have time to spend an hour in the kitchen. Plus this meal tastes fabulous!! If you have little ones it is all about fun at meal time too right? When your kids are excited about what is on their plate there’s a better chance they’ll try it.
We make this often. After a while you can also start integrating small diced bits of vegetables inside too. Hidden veggies are great when they’re non the wiser. Finely chopped bell peppers and onions totally work. I have drained a can of corn before and thrown that in too and my girls thought that was “so fun”.
Easy sloppy joe recipe
- Ground beef can be sauteed on the stovetop or you can make air fryer ground beef too
- Brown Sugar
- Hamburger buns
First you’re going to want to cook your ground beef, or ground turkey, and diced onions if you want them. You don’t want really really lean, 80/20 is better if you ask me. It has a lot more flavor overall and to be honest I usually do not drain the fat, it tastes better with it.
3 Ingredient Sloppy Joes
If I am serving it for a large crowd I use a 2 quart crockpot that you can find here because it is just big enough and small enough where the juices really get soaked up by the ground beef. You just cook it all beforehand and then transfer it into your slow cooker to sit on warm.
Then your batch will be ready for meals all day long.
If you like diced bell pepper you could add them when cooking your ground beef too, totally up to you.
It creates a yummy tangy sweet meat mix to put on any bun and if you drain the meat (sometimes I even put the meat in a strainer and run hot water on top to make it extra healthy).
Cook the meat first, then add the above ingredients and continue to cook on low so it simmers a bit and really gets that flavor into the meat before plating. They are great!
Once you try these easy homemade sloppy joes you’ll be hooked and you should will want to try our sloppy joe casserole.
If you love this easy sloppy joe recipe you should try these 5 ingredient crockpot chili. It is to die for and so EASY!
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Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe
I used to just add some minced dehydrated onions but now I add fresh onions and they soften up nicely so my kids don’t mind them in it either.
Taste along the way to see if you want it a bit sweeter or tangier (more sugar or mustard to taste). You can even cook the meat, add the ingredients and mix it up.
Throw it in a crockpot if you are heading out for a few hours and the juices really get soaked up by the meat and it is just fantastic. Just put it on low while you are gone and slap it on buns when you get back.
Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe
- Cook the ground beef or turkey (I buy whichever is on sale at the time) + onions, drain some of the juices off, and then add the mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar.
- Mix well and taste. Add more ketchup or mustard if you like.
- Allow to simmer a bit to soak up all the juices and mixture so it’s nice and yummy!
- Put on buns and serve.