Jonathan's sloppy joes

Looking for an old school sloppy joe recipe that will bring you back to the days of your youth when your back did not hurt? This one will do that and leave you with a big comforting hug.
4 to 6 sandwiches
schedule 5 minutes
schedule 35 minutes
schedule 40 minutes


  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 12 red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 12 cup beer (something not too hoppy or bitter)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15 ounce)
  • 14 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 to 6 soft hamburger buns

Check below recipe directions
for additional notes.


In a medium pan over medium high heat, brown the ground beef, breaking up the beef as much as possible. As it is cooking, season the beef with salt and black pepper. 

Once the beef is browned, remove beef to a bowl or plate to rest while you cook the vegetables.

Reserve one tablespoon of the grease left behind from browning the ground beef. If you are using a lean ground beef, you may not have much grease left over. In that case add one tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. 

Turn your heat down to medium and add the diced onion and diced red bell pepper.

Cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.

Add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, making sure not to burn the garlic.

After one minute, add the beer and stir the pan really well, making sure to scrape up any of the bits left on the bottom of the pan. Cook the beer for about a minute. 

Add tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and chili powder. Stir everything to combine well. 

Add your browned ground beef to the pan with the combined sauce. 

Bring everything to a slow simmer and cook for 15 minutes. You can continue breaking up the ground beef during this time if it's not the texture/size that you desire. If you really want very small pieces of beef, you can use a potato masher to mash everything even more.

After 15 minutes, turn off the heat and let everything cool for 5 minutes or so. After things are cooled slightly, add sloppy joe to your buns and enjoy. 


Feel free to use whatever ground meat that you want for these sloppy joes. 

Have you made this recipe? Tag @beerinator and let him know!



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