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Easy Sloppy Joe's

Updated: Nov 2, 2023

Tomato sauce and ground meat in a Kaiser bun on white plate
Sloppy Joe Sandwich

These easy sloppy joes are super messy and finger licking good. Featuring a thick tomato and beef sauce, that is both sweet and savory and some incognito carrots, onions and celery, elevating this simple meat dominate sandwich. In my family whenever we have a large get together, it seems like there is always a surplus of buns left over at the ends. Sloppy joes is the perfect meal to use them up on. Prepare to eat way to many of these and get a bit messy. I hope you love this family favorite as much as my family does. I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment or send me a message.

This recipe can be easily tweaked towards your preferences. For example, the carrots are completely optional, but trust me, you wont even know they are there. They pretty much melt right into the sauce. Give it a try and see what you think.


1lb Ground Beef/ Pork Mix

3/4 Cup water

1 Tbsp Beef Stock powder (add to water)

1 Tsp Basil

1 Tsp Parsley

1 Tsp Yellow Mustard

Pinch Salt and Pepper

1 Stalk of Celery, Finley Diced

1 Large Onion, Diced

3 Garlic Cloves, Minced

1 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 Tsp Soya Sauce (optional)

1 Can (Campbells) Tomato Soup

1 Large Peeled and Shredded Carrot

8 Kaiser Buns

Ground meat in tomato based thick sauce with close up on a spoon full of sauce coated meat
Sloppy Joe: Ground Beef/Pork in Tomato Beef Gravy


- Sauté your diced onions in a deep frying pan until fragrant. Add your beef/pork mix, season with salt and pepper. Cook until no longer pink.

- Add your minced garlic, parsley, basil, finely diced celery and shredded carrots. Sauté together for 1 minute.

- Add tomato soup, water and beef stock powder, soya sauce, Worcestershire sauce and yellow mustard. Stir everything together and allow the sauce to thicken.

(if sauce remains runny, add a tsp of corn start to a tbsp or so of cool water, mix together into a slurry then add to the sauce to thicken)

- Toast your buns under the broiler in your oven, then spoon a heaping amount of meat mixture onto your bun and enjoy hot.

Whether it's Sweet or Savoury, let it be made with love!

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