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Grandma's Sloppy Joes from Scratch

A good, old fashioned recipe for Southern-style sloppy joes- these sandwiches come straight from my Grandma's kitchen.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 340kcal


  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 large white onion roughly chopped
  • salt & black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 packed tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 6 hamburger sized buns


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef- about 5 minutes & breaking it up as it cooks.
  • Stir in the onions, and season the mixture with salt & pepper- to taste.
  • Continue cooking the mixture, stirring occasionally, until the onions have softened and begun to caramelize- about another 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet, stirring them in until evenly combined.
  • Bring the sauce to a simmer, the reduce the heat to maintain a slow simmer. Cook the mixture like that for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • When the sloppy joe mix has thickened, remove the skillet from heat
  • Scoop the filling onto fluffy buns, or on slices of toast and serve as sandwiches.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 766mg | Potassium: 662mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 5mg