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This is a simple dinner idea! Sloppy Joes Recipe has only 3 ingredients and there are no excuses to not try this family friendly dinner idea that everyone will love!

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3 Ingredient Sloppy Joes recipe:

This 3 ingredient Sloppy Joe recipe taste so much better than the can sloppy joe mix! The best part it is so easy to make and delicious too! You probably already have most of the ingredients to make this easy recipe. Plus you know what you are feeding your family as you are skipping the can stuff!

My family loves this meal! We will often plan on eating this for lunch on the weekend. It is so easy to put together and we have a homecooked meal for lunch in between our basketball games!

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Homemade Sloppy Joes Ingredients:

Besides ground beef, you only need three ingredients to make this delicious Sloppy Joes recipe.

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup or tomato sauce
  • Brown Sugar

Yep! That is all you need to make a fast sloppy joes for your family. What makes it even better is one of my kids does not like the traditional sloppy joes, but loves this recipe!

Once you make this, you won’t ever buy that store bought stuff again. This has so much more flavor than the canned sloppy joes.

Close up image of sloppy joes on a hamburger bun with a side of pickles.

How to make Sloppy Joes:

  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet on medium high heat until no longer pink. You can use ground turkey too!
  • Once browned, drain.
  • Add in brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup. Stir to combine.
Close up image a cooked hamburger meat in a cast iron skillet ketchup, mustard and brown sugar.

Allow the meat mixture to simmer on low for about 5 minutes to combine the flavors.

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Serve on buns and with your favorite sides.

Easy Sloppy Joes:

Anyone can make this easy meal. With just a few simple ingredients and only a few minutes needed, this dinner comes together very fast.

What can I make with sloppy joes?

It’s really good served with Grilled Corn on the Cob.and Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries. These are both so easy and really delicious side dishes. Just keep it simple. This meal can easily be ready with hardly any work at all.

Try adding green bell pepper or onion to the ground beef while cooking. Onion and green pepper really give it an amazing flavor. Another time saving tip is to use a small food chopper or food processor to quickly and easily chop the onions and bell pepper.

If you do not have one of these, I highly recommend them. They are such a time saver and you can get the veggies really fine. The picky eaters won’t even know they are mixed in.

Close up image a sloppy joes on a bun with pickles on the side.

Sloppy Joes Freeze great too!

Make a double or triple batch and freeze the left overs. It does not take anymore work to make extra. We love to cook once and eat twice or more. This is such a huge help during busy weeks.

It really isn’t any extra work to double the recipe and you have a super easy dinner for another night. I try to do this as much as possible and keep a few quick meals in the freezer.

How to freeze sloppy joes:

You can freeze them in a freezer bag. Then reheat in a crockpot or in a pan for an even faster dinner idea! Try sloppy joe recipe slow cooker version and come home to dinner ready to enjoy! This is great for reheating what you put in the freezer and makes dinner so simple.

We also like to freeze them in silicone cupcake pans, Then pop them out and place in a freezer bag. Now you can have a lunch or dinner for 1 in no time! This is such an easy dinner idea, but when you freeze them it makes it an even faster dinner idea.

Close up image of sloppy joes on a bun.
Close up image of sloppy joes on a bun.

Best Sloppy Joes Recipe:

In under 30 minutes, you can have this quick easy dinner idea that your family will love.

You can probably cook this in 20 minutes! Homemade sloppy joes are so delicious and our family loves this recipe. They are really easy to modify for what you have on hand and so versatile.

We have even added a tiny bit of worcestershire sauce and garlic powder to the ground beef mixture. You can try using chili powder, red pepper flakes, bbq sauce, olive oil or whatever you prefer.

It really is such a great recipe and we all love sloppy joe meat! It never gets old and we enjoy this recipe so much. Try toasted buns next time! It is really good!

Close up image of sloppy joes on a buns with pickles on the side.

What to serve with Sloppy Joes

Here are a few of my favorite side dishes for sloppy joes.

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Sloppy Joes Recipe – only 3 ingredients!

4.93 from 515 votes
This Sloppy Joes is so easy to make and taste way better than sloppy joes in a can. How to make sloppy joes with ketchup and just two more ingredients.
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 354
Author Eating on a Dime




  • Brown the ground beef in a skillet.
  • Once browned, drain.
  • Add in brown sugar, mustard, and ketchup. Stir to combine.
  • Allow it to simmer on low for about 5 minutes to combine the flavors.
  • Serve on buns and with your favorite sides.

Recipe Notes

3 ingredients, that is all you need to make a fast sloppy joes for your family. You are going to love this recipe!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 354kcal, Carbohydrates 31g, Protein 17g, Fat 16g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 53mg, Sodium 507mg, Potassium 334mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 11g, Vitamin A 105IU, Vitamin C 1.4mg, Calcium 98mg, Iron 3.1mg

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  1. Thank you. You saved me with recipe to fill a quick last minute grandchild’s request, I just needed to make a little more of your sauce and added a tablespoon of sweet pickle relish. So good! Thank you again!

  2. What size slow cooker did you use?I want to make this 4 ingredient sloppy joe but I only have a 2 quart slow cooker.

  3. I used a 6 quart crock pot for this recipe. I don’t think that this recipe would work in a 2 quart slow cooker but it might work in a 4 quart one.

  4. 4 stars
    Flavor was great, but consistency was dry. Added some canned tomato sauce and simmered to reduce. Turned out great.

  5. 5 stars
    These are great as is, but I like to add a little chopped onion, garlic powder and salt & pepper.

  6. Now THIS is a good recipe. I have seen recipes with carrots and all sorts of other things added. That is not necessary.

  7. I made this twice The first time I made it according to the recipe and the second time I added a few things, like onions and Worcestershire sauce salt and pepper, and a little bit of lemon juice and red pepper flakes and it was a lot better. My husband thought the first time was just like a sweet crumbled-up hamburger and the kids thought it was ok but liked my version better, but thanks for posting it I will stick to mine though. Have a great day.

  8. 5 stars
    Easy to make I only needed the sauce it’s tasty I hate mustard but it’s so good ?

  9. 5 stars
    Worked well but changed it up

    Used ground venison and smoked it for a few hours and then added the said amount of brown sugar, mustard and ketchup for 2 pounds and smoked for another 45 mins. Prefect!

  10. 5 stars
    My husband and I have always used Manwich or other brands of sauces for our sloppy joes, but we ran across this recipe and gave it a try. Outstanding. We will never go back to the other ways again .

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. 4 stars
    Nice simple and quick recipe that is easy to tweak to make it your own or leave as is. Easy to reheat for leftovers.

  12. 4 stars
    Pretty tasty basic it’s if room to play and make it your own or just leave it as is . My kids and I enjoyed it tho.

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