Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes are the ultimate nostalgic comfort food. Served with a crisp green salad or mixed steamed veg, you could be in an episode of an 80's sitcom. The good news is, it's just as tasty as you remember from childhood.

  • Author: Renee Rendall
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 2 slices streaky bacon
  • 1 small onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 stick celery, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and roughly chopped (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 14 ounce can ready to eat tomato soup, such as Heinz
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce (optional)
  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)


  1. Put your bacon in the food processor and process until ground to small bits. Add the roughly chopped onion and carrot, and process. Finally, add in the parsley, oregano, garlic, celery, and jalapeno (if using) and keep processing until you have a fine vegetable mush.
  2. Add your olive oil to a large pan with a lid and heat over medium. Tip in your bacon and veggie mush and cook, stirring soft, about 10 minutes. Give it a stir every couple minutes.
  3. Add the ground beef to the pan and break it up with a wooden spoon as you stir it in with the veggie mixture. 
  4. Finally, stir in the tomato soup, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Put the lid on the pan, turn the heat down as low as it will go, and let it slowly simmer for 45 minutes.
  5. When your sloppy joe filling is ready, take it off the heat and give everything a quick stir. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Split the hamburger buns and spoon plenty of your meat mixture onto each one. Sprinkle with shredded cheese and a little extra hot sauce. Put the lid on, and dig in.


If you have leftovers, store them in the fridge and reheat in the microwave.

Keywords: Beef, Tomato

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