Grandma's Sloppy Joes

Grandma's Sloppy Joes

154 reviews, 4.5 star(s). 0% 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.


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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My kids love this...they ask for it often!
Crystaljo 1m ago

Have made three times now with ground turkey. Excellent recipe, very flavorful.
Shelltine 4m ago

Excellent. Added sauté mushrooms and garlic. Made the buns from scratch. This recipe is a keeper. Thankyou!
jeffleggej5j4 5m ago

Awesome recipe. We didn't have beef hamburger so I used turkey meat. So good and super easy to make.
lyndsaydodd 5m ago

Love this! Quick, easy and tasty. One of my wife's favorite comfort foods.
gboydston40 1y 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 2y ago

Yum! Easy to make and messy to eat. Just the way I like it.
12chica29 2y 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 2y ago

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