Family Favorite Sloppy Joes

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I love sloppy joes. I always have and I always will. So, when I came across this recipe, I knew I had to make them for dinner ASAP!

The first time I made these, I decided I would half the ingredients {There’s no need to make enough food for an army when it’s just the two of us at home} and I went ahead and got all the stuff for it. So there I am, cooking the hamburger, chopping the onions, etc. and I get it all finished, take one bite, and…what the crap?? It tasted good, but was extremely strong! I tried retracing my steps and couldn’t figure out what the heck happened and was completely lost until I realized…my plan was to half the ingredients and the only thing I halved was the beef. Hello little dumb girl! I won’t make that mistake again. They were much better the next go around. :) {This recipe is found in the Dinner on a Dime Cookbook.}


  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground allspice
  • 8 hamburger buns
  1. In a large frying pan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain fat.
  2. Stir in the ketchup, water, brown sugar, vinegar, salt, mustard, chili powder, and allspice; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered until thickened and heated through.
  4. Spoon about 1/2 cup meat mixture onto each bun.
  5. Makes 8 servings.
Serve with fries, chips, or another side of your liking. Hopefully this will become a family favorite recipe for you, just like it has for us!
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  1. says

    Love that you only halved the hamburger. Sounds like something I would have done too! This sounds like how my grandma used to make sloppy joe’s. Ive served them for both my kids graduation party’s. Always a hit!

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