Sweet And Spicy Sloppy Joe’s

When It comes to a classic meal, You can not get more classic than a “Sloppy Joe”. It was a staple on every southern table. It was quick to throw together and very delicious. It was always paired with other favorites like : Fries, slaw, baked beans, or a simple salad. Either way it was sure to please even the most pickiest of eaters. It was a messy delight on a bun.

I have updated the “classic” sloppy joe with a more spicy take. It is sweet, tangy, and a kick of heat. It will not only please your inner kid…. but, will please the adult side with that kick of spice. So let’s get right on into what you will need!


1 LB ground beef
1/2 bell pepper – diced
1 onion – diced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar – to taste
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp mustard – spicy brown or dijon
1/2 red pepper flakes – more if you like it spicy or omit if you do not like spice
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a larger skillet at a bit of oil ( will drain later) and bring the pan to med heat. Add in the ground beef and season slightly with salt and pepper. Break apart the meat and cook until completely cooked through. Drain and return to the pan.
  2. Add the onion and bell pepper and season with more salt and pepper to taste. Cook about 5 minutes or until the onions and bell pepper are tender.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, water, brown sugar, chili powder, mustard, red pepper flakes, worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Stir to combine well. Turn the pan to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally to prevent burning and sticking.
  4. In the meantime toast your buns. All you have to do is melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat and place your buns in the pan. Let toast about 2 to 3 minutes. Check often to prevent burning. Flip and slightly toast 30 seconds to 1 minute on the outer side. Remove to a plate until ready to serve.
  5. When the sloppy joe mix is ready to serve just spoon a delightful amount on your buns and enjoy! you can serve as an open face or as a sandwich style. Either way….. it is simply delicious.

You can also top with grated cheddar cheese for a cheesy take on this updated classic.

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