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Quick homemade sloppy Joe sandwich

This sloppy Joe recipe uses ketchup, not tomato sauce, and it is the quickest one to prepare. So quick and easy, once you try this one you will wonder how you ever bought the sauce ready made before.


1 c onion (finely chopped)
1⁄2 c bell pepper (chopped)
1⁄2 c mushroom (optional)
2 T butter
1 1⁄2 lb beef (lean meat, ground or minced)
2 T tomato ketchup (or up to 4 tablespoons)
  salt (to taste)
  pepper (to taste)


Heat butter in a large skillet. Sauteé onion and green pepper until tender. Add the meat and cook until browned.

Drain the excess fat. Add ketchup and seasonings

Cook uncovered for 5 minutes.

Serve on your choice of bun.

Total time
15 minutes
Cooking time
Preparation time
6 servings


American cuisine

Not quite a hamburger, or just a sloppy version of a hamburger, a sloppy Joe has a similar taste but it is quicker to prepare and it does require a grill.

easy, meat
sandwiches, main course
New Jersey food recipes
Food in U.S.A, Mid Atlantic