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Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes Recipe

This Old Fashioned Sloppy Joes Recipe is the real deal! Make these quick and delicious sandwiches in under 30 minutes with only ONE pan!
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 651.26kcal


  • 2 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • ½ cup celery, finely chopped
  • ½ cup green pepper, finely chopped
  • ½ cup yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ Teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 cup chili sauce
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 Teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 2 dashes worcestershire sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns


  • Heat a large pan on low-medium heat. Add cooking oil and then saute celery, pepper, onion and garlic with the salt for 2-3 mins, stirring occasionally. 
  • Increase heat to medium and add ground beef. Cook until beef is no longer pink, breaking up the beef and stirring frequently. Strain the meat (I like the fine mesh strainer that comes with this set) or use a baster to remove excess liquid when done.
  • Add in chili sauce, cheese, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Stir until well blended.
  • Spoon beef mixture onto hamburger buns and serve.



  • To plate...serve on burger buns with desired toppings. FYI, using mini, slider buns makes this a fun meal for kids.
  • If you can't find chili sauce, you can use any of these instead: tomato sauce, ketchup, tomato paste & water mix, or BBQ sauce.
  • You can easily replace the ground beef with ground turkey, ground chicken, or Beyond Meat's vegan Beefy Crumbles.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 651.26kcal | Carbohydrates: 33.35g | Protein: 38.58g | Fat: 38.72g | Saturated Fat: 13.89g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.12g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17.66g | Trans Fat: 1.86g | Cholesterol: 113.28mg | Sodium: 1215.36mg | Potassium: 717.47mg | Fiber: 4.19g | Sugar: 8.74g | Vitamin A: 453.18IU | Vitamin C: 19.18mg | Calcium: 236.87mg | Iron: 5.04mg