Sloppy Joe’s – an American meat sandwich

You don’t want a burger but grave a meat sandwich. Then try a Sloppy Joe’s, an American meat sandwich. A Sloppy Joe’s is wonderful, hot comfort food goodness. It differs from a traditional loose meat sandwich due largely to its tomato-based sauce.

Did you know the term Sloppy Joe’s had an earlier definition of any cheap restaurant or lunch counter serving cheap food quickly?

Sloppy Joe's an American meat sandwich

Recipe: Sloppy Joe’s – an American meat sandwich

Amount: 6 servings


700g ground beef, 14-18% fat
1 yellow onion, diced
50 g brown sugar
280 g diced or canned tomatoes
1-2 tbsp pickled green chilis or jalapenos, minced
1 tsp vinegar
1-2 chipotle peppers, diced (1 tsp chipotle flakes)
2 tbs yellow mustard
1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
12 sliced cheddar cheese
6 hamburger buns (Brioche)
BBQ sauce
Pickles for topping
Kettle cooked potato chips


  • Firstly fry the beef in a large skillet until browned. Then drain most of the fat and discard it.
  • Afterwards stir in the onion and fry it with the beef for a couple of minutes. Add brown sugar, green chilis and chipotle peppers, vinegar, together with Worcestershire sauce and mustard. Stir in the tomatoes, but don’t use the tomato juice if you use canned tomatoes.
  • Bring to boil. After that reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally, until the meat mixture is heated through and the flavors are combined.
  • Now toast the buns in the oven at 200C. After 2 minutes put a slice of cheese on the bottom and top half of the bun. Heat the buns, until the cheese begins to melt.
  • Spoon the meat mixture onto the hamburger buns.
  • Top with BBQ sauce (a must in my opinion) and also pickles, if desired. I like the pickles better as a side.
  • Finally serve immediately and don’t forget a side of kettle cooked potato chips.


Wanna try the loose meat sandwich? Here is the recipe.

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