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Sloppy Joes made without tomato paste. You probably have all of the ingredients need for this super easy Sloppy Joe recipe.

Sloppy Joes on a bun with chips and pickles in the background.

How do you make Sloppy Joes from scratch?

Obviously, you need ground beef, but then, many recipes differ. You can use tomato soup, tomato sauce, tomato paste, or ketchup. I used the ketchup, then added some mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and some spices. Easy as all get out.

What can I use instead of tomato paste for Sloppy Joes?

As I mentioned above, my suggestion, is use tomato soup or ketchup. Just remember to adjust (reduce) any other liquid in your recipe.

Why do they call them Sloppy Joes?

The story goes that a cook named Joe added tomato sauce to his “loose meat” sandwich and the Sloppy Joe was born. If I didn’t know that little tidbit of information, I would have guessed it’s because it’s sloppy to eat.

What is a good side to have with Sloppy Joes?

Can Sloppy Joes be frozen?


Yes. Let the Sloppy Joes cool to room temperature. Place in an airtight container. If you are using a baggie, remove all of the air in the baggie before placing in the freezer. Sloppy Joes last in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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Overhead view of sloppy joes on a bun with chips and pickles on a plate.
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Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes made without tomato paste. You probably have all of the ingredients need for this super easy Sloppy Joe recipe.
Course Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword how to make sloppy joes easy, old fashioned sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joe recipes, sloppy joes, sloppy joes without tomato paste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
0 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 510kcal

Equipment

  • Frying Pan
  • 4-6 Quart Sauce Pan

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet/frying pan until done. Drain.
    Ground beef browning in a frying pan.
  • Place ground beef back in the 4-6 quart sauce pan. Add all of the other ingredients. Stir well.
    Remaining ingredients added to the sloppy joes sauce.
  • Bring to a slight boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Serve on your bun of choice.

Notes

ITEMS/INGREDIENTS USED IN RECIPE – If you are interested in any of the items I may have used (or are similar to the items I used) in making this recipe, I have listed all or some of them above within the post.  NOTE:  These links are affiliate links of which I receive a small commission from the sale of certain item. This does not affect your price, it remains the same.

Nutrition

Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1246mg | Potassium: 700mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3mg
Close up of Sloppy Joes on a bun.
Close up of Sloppy joes on a bun.
Close up of sloppy joes on a bun.

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