Sloppy Joes

We continue onto Week 9 of College Football, which means another delicious Football bite! Here is a kid-friendly football bite if you happen to have a few kiddos at your tailgate. Or at least a few kids at heart! 😉

Sloppy Joes are a quick and easy one-pan meal all of your tailgating guests will love. They are easy to make, serve and eat while cheering on your favorite team. Since I serve a variety of different foods when we are tailgating, I like to serve these sloppy joes on slider buns. That way everyone can enjoy a little bit of everything, and besides everything is cuter on slider buns! Serve with a few tater tots for a meal that will have everyone cheering for more!

Sloppy Joes

Yield: 4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion , chopped fine
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pound 85 percent lean ground beef
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 8 slider hamburger buns or 4 regular hamburger buns
  • Directions:

    In a large skillet over medium-high heat heat oil until shimmering. Add onion and salt and stir until coated with oil. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 10 minutes (if onion begins to burn after 5 minutes, reduce heat to low).
    Add garlic and chili powder and cook, uncovered, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with wooden spoon, until just pink, about 3 minutes.
    Add pepper, brown sugar, tomato puree, ketchup, water, and hot sauce. Simmer until sauce is slightly thicker than ketchup, 8 to 10 minutes. Adjust seasonings and serve.

    Source: adapted from Cook's Illustrated, October 2005

    If you’ve missed them, make sure to check out the rest of my College Football Bites: :)

    Week One: Pizza Pretzel Bites               

    Week Two: Slow Roasted Pulled Pork 

    Week Three: Mini Corn Dogs                 

    Week Four: Buffalo Chicken Bites         

    Week Five: Texas Chili                            

    Week Six: Beer Battered Fried Pickles 

    Week Seven: Buffalo Wings                    

    Week Eight: Queso Blanco Dip             


    One Year Ago: Halloween Sugar Cookies 

    22 Responses to “Sloppy Joes”

    1. #
      Just A Smidgen — October 29, 2011 @ 10:14 am

      I’m embarrassed to admit my Sloppy Joes have been previously concocted with a spice packet:) This recipe looks delicious and so much nicer than mine, I’ll have to switch!

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      Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — October 29, 2011 @ 10:25 am

      I haven’t had sloppy joes in years!

    3. #
      Liz @ Blog is the New Black — October 29, 2011 @ 10:27 am

      Such an underrated treat!

    4. #
      Amy — October 29, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

      Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite foods! These little ones are so cute!

    5. #
      ChgoJohn — October 29, 2011 @ 6:59 pm

      Like Greg, it’s been ages since I’ve enjoyed a Sloppy Joe. Making them with slider buns is a great idea when your tailgating. Love that you paired ’em with your tater tots.

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      shannon — October 29, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

      Can’t wait to try these ~ sounds yummy good and will be a hit with the family

    7. #
      Mandy@Withmilkandflour — October 30, 2011 @ 6:04 am

      I’m totally craving red meat at the moment and these sound like the perfect solution!

    8. #
      Christine — October 30, 2011 @ 2:47 pm

      I love sloppy joes, they rock. Great recipe.

    9. #
      bakingjenn — October 30, 2011 @ 7:28 pm

      I love this! Switch out ground beef for ground turkey and count me in 🙂

    10. #
      freshandfoodie — October 31, 2011 @ 9:19 am

      I love sloppy joes but I never think to make them. These are making me hungry!

    11. #
      Lauren — November 2, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      These look so good – adding to my recipes list!

    12. #
      lacy — November 2, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

      I haven’t had a sloppy joe in so long but now that you’ve posted this I might need to make some asap! My mom used to use the little packet to make them, yours sounds so much more tasty lol!

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      quinersdiner — February 2, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

      You’ve got me starving. Some of the recipes look fabulous. Thank-you!

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    22. #
      Shannon — October 15, 2013 @ 6:30 pm

      Thanks for a great recipe. Followed it exactlt except i did not have hot pepper sauce so i used worcestershire instead. Was a little wary about not draining the grease but it came out perfect. Thanks again. Found you via pinterest and will be trying more.

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