Chef John's Sloppy Joes Recipe

Chef John's Sloppy Joes Recipes

  • PREP 15 mins
  • COOK 40 mins
  • READY IN 55 mins


Original recipe makes 6 servings

  •  1 1/2 pounds extra lean ground beef
  •  1/2 onion, diced
  •  2 cloves garlic, minced
  •  1 green bell pepper, diced
  •  1 cup water
  •  3/4 cup ketchup
  •  2 tablespoons brown sugar
  •  1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  •  1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  •  1 1/2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  •  1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •  1 cup water
  •  1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste


  1. Combine the ground beef and onion in a cold skillet, place the skillet onto a stove burner, and turn the heat to medium; cook and stir until the beef is crumbly and browned. Stir the garlic and bell pepper into the beef mixture; continue cooking and stirring until the vegetables are tender, 2 to 3 more minutes. Add 1 cup of water. Mix in ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Pour in 1 more cup of water. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook until the mixture becomes very thick, 30 to 45 minutes. Adjust salt and pepper as needed. Season with cayenne.
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