Sloppy Joes by Rattaya Nagorski

This dish is part of our cooking challenge. Photos and trial was by Cattie. 

Sloppy Joes is a classic dish, especially when ManWich comes to mind. It's easy, quick, and kid friendly. Making homemade sloppy joes is much more exciting and well thought out. It's way better than buying a can and slopping the contents between the buns. (See the pun there, he he!) So the conclusion of this recipe was received well by fellow hungry family members that really enjoyed them. 



  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • coarse salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 can (15oz) tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are softened, 5 to 7 minutes. 
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, 6 to 8 minutes. 
  3. Stir the tomato sauce, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce into the beef mixture in the skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes. 
  4. Season the mixture with more salt and pepper, as desired. Spoon onto the buns, and serve immediately. 

YIELDS 4 SERVINGS | per serving: 527 calories; 29.4 grams fat; 26.3 grams protein; 39.4 grams carbohydrates; 3.7 grams fiber


  • The recipes says 4 servings, and it's true to form. They are, however, BIG servings.
  • We normally don't want to buy a whole celery just to use ONE stalk. You can certainly buy precut celery or onions, but that can get expensive. They definitely charge you for the convenience. We just buy what we need (such as one stalk of celery) from the salad bar. Most major grocery stores will have a salad bar, and that is our go-to.
  • You can make these sloppy joes as sliders, since you control the scooping onto the bread. The Hawaiian rolls work well with this. 
  • Add some spicy sauce onto the sandwich before digging in. Yummy!