Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

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This month for the #ImprovCookingChallenge, we were challenged to create a recipe using ketchup and mustard. One of my families go to dinner options is Homemade Sloppy Joes and we’ve come up a great recipe that we prefer over the packaged mixes. This recipe uses ketchup and dry mustard and has a little kick to it if you include the cayenne pepper. It’s delicious, fast and easy and always gets rave reviews. 

Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 slice onion, chopped in large chunks
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chili paste
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, optional
  • hamburger buns
  • cheddar cheese


  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet and drain off fat.
  2. Mix all other ingredients together and add to the browned ground beef.
  3. Stir together in the skillet and cook 5 minutes longer.
  4. To serve, spoon onto hamburger buns and top with cheddar cheese (or cheese of your choice).


Recipe by Simply Inspired Meals

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