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.

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Frugal Tip for ground beef sloppy joes:

Did you know that you can mix ground turkey in with your ground beef? With my big family of 8, this is is a nice money saver. Ground turkey is about half the cost of ground beef, but when you mix it with ground beef the turkey actually takes on the flavor.

Since this meal is so easy to change or adapt to what you have on hand, it will save you time and money.  In fact, I cut our grocery bill by 50% off by following these 8 Tips for for Saving Money on Groceries by Menu Planning!

Save that money for a family vacation or maybe just some wiggle room in the budget. Easy recipes like this keep my family happy and my grocery budget in good shape. Plus, being able to throw this together quickly and easily really helps to avoid the temptation of getting take out.  Everyone is much happier with a delicious home cooked meal anyway.

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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!

If you enjoy this quick and easy sloppy joes skillet recipe, you should also try our street tacos recipe.  It’s easy to prepare and packed with tons of flavor.  My entire family loves both of these recipes.

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Print this super easy sloppy joe recipe below:

Sloppy Joes Recipe – only 3 ingredients!

4.55 from 48 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 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 354
Author Eating on a Dime

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup mustard
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • hamburger buns

Instructions

  • 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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