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  • Writer's pictureMelisha Meredith

Best Sloppy Joe’s Ever

There were some things I didn’t like very much until I tried the homemade version, things like pudding and grits. However, I hate to admit that I’ve always liked sloppy joes!  I remember sloppy joe day in our school cafeteria, I always ate lunch at school that day.  

The problem that I had as a mom making sloppy joes was the ingredients!  I had only ever had the sloppy joe sauce from a can and I just didn’t want to use that processed food anymore. So, I just didn’t make sloppy joe’s. THEN, I saw that Natalie from Perry’s Plate was making homemade sloppy joe’s.  We tried it and loved it.  

If you didn’t like sloppy joe’s, I think you should give this one a try!  It’s way better than the canned version!

This is the tasty recipe that we like to use. It doubles nicely if you are a big family like us. It’s a wonderful and quick weeknight dinner idea!

Homemade Sloppy Joe’s Recipe

Yield: Serves 4 

Total Time: About 30 minutes


  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (organic, grass-fed, if possible)

  • 15—ounce can tomato sauce (two 8—ounce cans are also fine)

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried, ground sage

  • 2 tablespoons plain yellow mustard

  • 1 1 /2 teaspoons dried minced onion

  • 1/3 cup ketchup 

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons arrowroot powder (see note)  

Note: Use arrowroot powder if you want to make this recipe grain-free. You can also substitute the same amount of cornstarch or double the amount of all-purpose flour.


  1. Brown the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat. If your beef is extra lean, you may want to add a tablespoon of oil to keep it from sticking to the pan. 

  2. When the meat is brown, add the remaining ingredients. Stir well and simmer over medium—low heat for about 10 minutes.

  3. Serving options: We really like this on top of sweet potatoes. You can serve it with your choice of buns or lettuce leaves. It’s great topped with shredded cheese and pickles, too.

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