Sloppy Joes

Makes 4 servings

Kitchen equipment

  • Large frying pan
  • Measuring cups & measuring spoons
  • Large stirring spoon
  • Can opener
  • Cutting board, cutting knife
  • Baking sheets
  • Oven mitts


  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbs vegetable oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean or higher) OR 12 oz (340 g) package veggie ground round
  • 1 small red or green pepper, chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ cup water, more or less
  • Salt & pepper, as needed
  • ½ cup corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 4 hamburger buns or Kaiser rolls, preferably whole wheat (use gluten-free, if necessary)


  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan and add chopped onion. Stir and fry for a few minutes until softened.
  2. Add ground beef (or veggie ground round). Break up with a spoon and stir and fry until meat is no longer pink. Drain or spoon off excess fat.
  3. Add the chopped pepper and stir another minute.
  4. Stir in the tomato sauce, brown sugar, chili powder, oregano, and enough water to make it as thick or thin as you like. Season with salt & pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add more water if necessary.
  5. Add corn and simmer 5 more minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, split open buns and toast them in a 400°F oven, for those who like them toasted. Serve Sloppy Joe mixture on top of buns.

Adapted from: Best of Bridge


We served our Sloppy Joes with sweet potato fries.


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