Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes — how comforting can it get? The Kid Cooks wanted to learn to make this and so we adapted the recipe to make it clear and approachable. I also like it because it is written to recall the skills of recipes they have used often —  taco filling and tomato sauce . As a result they were at home with this recipe quickly.

Also, Sloppy Joes reheat easily so, if you aren’t using all the servings at once, it is easy to reheat a portion another day for a quick lunch or dinner.

Sloppy Joes                                                                                     Makes 4 servings


10 inch frying or sauce pan with sides

Large cooking spoon

Knife and Cutting Board

Medium and small bowl



  • 4 sandwich rolls/hamburger buns
  • Ground beef or turkey, about 1 pound (16 ounces)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 ounces)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 colored pepper (red, green or yellow)
  • 2 Tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • In small bowl, put
    • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • ½ teaspoon pepper
    • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar


  • Blend in blender until smooth and mixed:
    • Tomatoes with juice
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • Spice mixture
  • Put in medium bowl:
    • Chopped onion in small pieces.
    • Chopped pepper in small pieces.


  1. Heat pan over medium.
  2. Add oil to pan when hot
  3. Cook onions and peppers 4 minutes in pan.
  4. Add ground meat to pan. Cook, breaking apart, until no longer pink.
  5. Stir tomato mix into pan
  6. Once sauce has come to bubble, turn heat to low.
  7. Cook for 15 – 20 minutes to thicken. Stir once in a while.
  8. Turn off heat. Serve on sandwich rolls

Adapted from different recipes by Dad HH

pdf version of recipe >> Sloppy Joes

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