Side shot of Sloppy Joes in bun on white plate.

Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes

These Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes are made from scratch with just a few simple ingredients! Great with ground beef, ground turkey and even chicken! 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade sloppy joes, sloppy joes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 269 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1 medium red bell pepper cored, seeds removed
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ cup sweet yellow or red onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning
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  1. Place peppers, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, brown sugar and ketchup in a blender and blend for 20 seconds, scrape sides of blender, blend 20 more seconds. The sauce should be smooth.
  2. Heat up oil in a large skillet.
  3. Add garlic and onion and saute until onion is translucent.
  4. Add ground beef and cook until done.
  5. Add salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Stir in well.
  6. Add sauce and stir it well.
  7. Cook on medium heat until bubbly. Lower the heat and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  9. Serve in buns.

Recipe Notes

This recipe works with ground beef, ground turkey and even chicken cut into bite size pieces.
I recommend adding 1/2 cup of chopped red or green bell pepper and sauteing with garlic and onion. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Sloppy Joes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 832mg36%
Potassium 842mg24%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 29g58%
Vitamin A 1395IU28%
Vitamin C 50.2mg61%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.