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Sloppy Joes

These saucy ground beef sandwiches are a favorite with kids. Chili powder and hot pepper sauce provide a mild kick to this quick and easy recipe.

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Start to Finish: 25 mins

Sloppy Joes



  1. In a large skillet cook beef, onion, and sweet pepper until meat is brown and vegetables are tender, stirring to break up any meat. Drain off fat.
  2. Stir tomato sauce, the water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, and hot pepper sauce into beef mixture in skillet. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve on rolls.

From the Test Kitchen

Pizza Joes:

Prepare as above, except substitute one 14-ounce jar pizza sauce for the tomato sauce, water, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and hot pepper sauce. Add 1/2 cup chopped pepperoni. Serve on toasted rolls with slices of mozzarella cheese.

Tex-Mex Joes:

Prepare as above, except add 1/2 cup fresh or frozen whole kernel corn and 1 tablespoon chopped chipotle chile in adobo sauce with the tomato sauce. Serve on toasted rolls with slices of cheddar or pepper Jack cheese. (This mixture also makes a great taco filling.)

Veggie Joes:

Prepare as above, except omit ground beef. Cook onion and sweet pepper in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil over medium heat until tender. Add 2 cups cooked brown rice; one 15- to 16-ounce can red kidney beans (rinsed and drained) and 1/2 cup shredded carrot with tomato sauce.

Nutrition Facts (Sloppy Joes)

    Per serving:
  • 311 kcal cal.,
  • 10 g fat
  • (3 g sat. fat,
  • 48 mg chol.,
  • 632 mg sodium,
  • 35 g carb.,
  • 2 g fiber,
  • 20 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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