Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • 2 pounds ground meat
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2- 8 ounces cans tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce I have used my own recipe, and I have also used some Stubbs brand, neither of which contain high fructose corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco or your favourite hot sauce – this seems like a lot, but it isn’t too hot at all
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • Hamburger buns


  • In a large skillet, over medium heat, add the ground meat.
  • Using a spatula, break the ground meat up.
  • Add the onion, red bell pepper and garlic.
  • Cover and allow the meat to brown and the onions, peppers and garlic to soften, about 8 minutes or until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Drain off any excess fat, either by using the lid as a strainer, or by dumping the meat mixture into a colander and returning the mixture to the pan.
  • Once the fat has been drained off, add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, barbecue sauce, Worcestershire and Tabasco.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • Simmer to thicken, about 10 minutes.
  • Serve hot on hamburger buns.

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