Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes: A Family Classic

A budget-friendly, kid-approved recipe that is perfect for busy weeknights

A Sloppy Joe sandwich on a sesame bun in a camping setting. Lots of camera bokeh

I have always been a fan of Sloppy Joes, but it wasn’t until I was in college that I really learned to appreciate them. As a busy student with very little time or money, I needed a recipe that was quick, easy, and budget-friendly. And that’s where Sloppy Joes came in.

These savory, saucy sandwiches are made with just a few simple ingredients, including ground beef, tomato sauce, and buns. They’re the perfect meal to whip up when you’re short on time and resources, and they’re sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

I still remember the first time I made Sloppy Joes for my daughter. I was busy in the kitchen, stirring the ground beef and tomato sauce, when she came in to see what I was up to. I leaned down to give her a quick kiss on the head, and I must have kissed her a little too hard, because she burst out laughing. I couldn’t help but laugh too, and from that moment on, Sloppy Joes became a family favorite in our house.

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious meal that the whole family will love, give this easy Sloppy Joe recipe a try. It’s sure to become a weeknight staple in your household.

Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns


  1. In a large skillet, cook the ground beef over medium heat until it is browned and crumbled.
  2. Add the diced onion and bell pepper to the skillet and cook until they are tender.
  3. Stir in the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, sugar, salt, and black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Divide the Sloppy Joe mixture evenly among the hamburger buns and serve hot. Enjoy!