Kate's Cuisine

Mar 18 2017

Ree’s Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe

My past couple of recipes prove that you never stop learning in the kitchen. First there were the deep-fried kale chips that are a massive improvement on the old roasted ones I had on the site; and today it’s a new and improved Sloppy Joe recipe. Well, it’s new for our house anyway. Probably not for Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, who’s probably been making them for years. Now I will too.

And, today is National Sloppy Joe day, so there’s no reason not to make them (and if you imbibed a bit too much for St. Patty’s Day yesterday, they’re super simple and the perfect greasy comfort food to settle a stomach!)


  • 2 tablespoons butter $0.26
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef $12.92
  • 1 large onion, diced $0.47
  • 1 green pepper, diced $0.71
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded    $0.11
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced $0.05
  • 1 1/2 cup ketchup $2.23
  • 1 cup water Free, with your water bill!
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar $0.02
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder $0.14
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard $0.05
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes $0.11
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste $0.18
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (optional) $0.50
  • Salt, to taste $0.01
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste $0.01

Total cost $17.77
Cost per serving $2.22


1.) Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.

2.) Add onion, green pepper, and garlic. Cook for a few minutes, until the vegetables begin to soften.

3.) Add ketchup, brown sugar, chili pepper, dry mustard, and water. Stir to combine and simmer for 15 minutes, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add tomato paste, Worcestershire, and Tabasco, if using. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.

4.) Pile sloppy joe mixture onto kaiser rolls, serve and enjoy!

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