Grandma's Sloppy Joes

Grandma's Sloppy Joes

153 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 88% would make again

Ready in 45 minutes

Quick and easy to make, and delicious too! These were a family tradition, when we were growing up. My maternal grandmother made them for almost every family gathering. She had to satisfy the picky and varied taste of many grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as her own young children. So, to satisfy everyone's taste, her sloppy joe recipe contains no green bell pepper, no onion and no celery. It was, and still is, a hit with all the kids.

"Great find for our family that loved manwich but are switching to making things with the least processed ingredients. Have made twice. First time just like the instructions say and it was good but not very thick. 2nd time I added chopped bell peppers of all colors (only a 1/4 inch sliver of each) and about 1 very small carrot both very finely chopped. Kids didn't know they were eating veggies they were so small. Will use less sugar next time due to the sweetness of the peppers. But we have a winner here."


1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds lean ground beef; (I use ground round or sirloin)
1 10.75-oz can tomato soup
1/2 cup Ketchup
2 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 tablespoon Cider vinegar
2 tablespoon Brown sugar
1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
Salt and fresh ground black pepper,; to taste

Original recipe makes 8



Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and meat to the pan. Spread the meat around the pan and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until meat is still just slightly pink (not browned), about 3 minutes. Add the tomato soup (undiluted), ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard; stirring until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until sauce is thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings. Spoon meat mixture onto hamburger buns, buttered and toasted or plain, and serve.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.


Be careful not to cook the ground meat beyond pink; if you let it brown it will end up dry and crumbly. The meat will finish cooking once the liquid ingredients are added.

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Excellent. Added sauté mushrooms and garlic. Made the buns from scratch. This recipe is a keeper. Thankyou!
jeffleggej5j4 4d 7h ago

Awesome recipe. We didn't have beef hamburger so I used turkey meat. So good and super easy to make.
lyndsaydodd 6d 4h ago

Love this! Quick, easy and tasty. One of my wife's favorite comfort foods.
gboydston40 10m ago

People stop rating recipes on whether it contains the ingredients you think it should- it is not your recipe nor your job to rank ingredients. Rate the recipe on taste. We made this one again today and it was AWESOME and flavorful as usual.
mandringa 1y ago

Our new go-to recipe for sloppy joe's! Excellent!
mandringa 1y ago

We spooned it over baked potatoes and added a little cheese to the top. Wonderful!!
Fastdog23emj 1y ago

Yum! Easy to make and messy to eat. Just the way I like it.
12chica29 1y ago

It taste great my suggestion though would be to drain your meat we ended up with very greasy sauce but we enjoyed it
felicia_ruggierohirst 1y ago

Made it for my parent... AMAZING
rexman44 1y ago

Great recipe to start with. It didn't need the oil, I added 4x the amount of mustard, and 3x the Worcestershire and vinegar. Then, since it was so saucy, it took a long time to thicken. Next time I'm skipping the soup and adding more ketchup and also adding onions. But like I said, great recipe to start with. Pretty bland by itself though.
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