Sloppy Joes

Both kids and adults love sloppy joes for their classic American taste and license to be a little messy. From BBQ to chipotle to classic combinations, these easy sloppy joe recipes can be on the table in minutes.

How to Make Sloppy Joes

From hamburgers to meatloaf, casseroles to meatballs, ground beef has long been a staple of American home cooking, in large part because it's more affordable than other types and cuts of meat. So it's no wonder that somewhere along the line, someone invented sloppy joes -- deliciously messy sandwiches made with ground beef in a tomato-based sauce that can range from mild to spicy -- as a means of stretching the amount of beef they had on hand to feed a few more.

All-American Sloppy Joes

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Soft, pillowy burger buns are the ideal vehicle for the saucy meat and toppings of this comfort food classic.

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

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Let the slow cooker take over the kitchen and simmer up a saucy ground beef and mushroom recipe that's perfect for sandwiches and feeding a crowd.

Hot and Spicy Sloppy Joe

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Slow Cooker Sloppy Joses

Parents

Green chiles give these beef and lentil sandwiches a hint of Mexican flavor (hence the Jose rather than Joe in the name!).

Sloppy Joe Pizza

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Spicy Sloppy Joes

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Greek-Style Sloppy Joes

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The ever-so-popular Sloppy Joe sandwich takes on a Greek flair with your choice of beef or lamb, bulgur, and feta cheese.

Total: 20 mins

Spicy Beef Sloppy Joes

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Spicy Sloppy Joes

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Seasoned ground beef and tomato sauce are served on English muffins to make these dinner sandwiches.

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Diabetic Living

Fiber-rich lentils are the perfect vegetarian stand-in for ground beef in these slow cooker sloppy joe sandwiches.

Sloppy Joe Tostadas with Yams and Black Beans

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Instead of serving Sloppy Joes on buns, try the meat mixture as a topping on a crispy black bean tostada.

Total: 35 mins

Porter and Roasted Red Pepper Sloppy Joes

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A half cup of dark beer adds depth of flavor to the beef mixture in these Sloppy Joe sandwiches.

Sloppy Joes

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These saucy ground beef sandwiches are a favorite with kids. Chili powder and hot pepper sauce provide a mild kick to this quick and easy recipe.

Total: 25 mins

Zesty Sloppy Joes

Diabetic Living

This version of the favorite ground beef sandwich is livened up with jalapeno peppers and chili power.

BBQ Sloppy Joes

Family Circle

These miniature sandwiches are great party fare. Serve them for a kids' birthday party or when you invite the gang over to watch a football game on TV.

Sweet 'n' Sour Sloppy Joes

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When the kids are hungry and you need dinner on the table now, Sloppy Joe's can do the job. In this 20-minute version, ground chicken is used instead of ground beef and the sauce is a flavorful mix of barbecue sauce and tomato sauce.

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