Sloppy Joe (Simon Style)

Sloppy Joe (Simon Style)

A quick and easy dinner recipe that will satisfy the whole family. These delicious and savory Sloppy Joes are made with lean ground beef and a mouth-watering blend of spices and sauces. It's sure to be a hit at any dinner table and you can whip up this tasty meal in no time.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper chopped
  • 3/4 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white or apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup beef broth or water
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Add the ground beef to a skillet over medium-high heat and break it up a little bit with your spoon, leaving large chunks. Let it cook, undisturbed, for about 8 minutes, or until it forms a nice browned crust. Give it a stir/flip it and cook for another 5 minutes or so. If there's a lot of excess fat in the skillet, spoon it out (leave about a tablespoon or so in there).
  • Stir in the onions and green bell pepper and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for another 5 minutes. As it cooks, break the beef up into smaller pieces with your spoon.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the ketchup, mustard, garlic powder, smoked paprika, red pepper flakes, Worcestershire sauce, vinegar, and beef broth. Let it cook for another 5 minutes or so, stirring often, until the sauce thickens up to your liking (don't let it get too dry).
  • Give it a taste and season with salt & pepper as needed. If you want really sweet Sloppy Joes, add in some brown sugar (I don't add any since I think the ketchup is sweet enough).
  • Serve in toasted buns. To toast the insides of the buns, heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the buns and watch them closely until the insides have browned nicely (you'll need to do this in batches).


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