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Beef Sloppy Joe Sandwich

Updated: May 20, 2021

Inspired by The Steak Book

Sloppy Joes are a quintessential American sandwich, but because they have been associated with mediocre school lunches, they gained a bad reputation through the years. However, this old recipe from The Steak Book, conveys that there is hope yet for the humble sloppy Joe!

Originally, the ingredients included mushrooms, but I decided to leave them out because they could change the texture of the meat filling. Further adaptions and suggestions include substituting sweet for smoked paprika if you prefer a savory flavor. If you are feeling experimental, swap out the ground beef for canned jackfruit. Finally, although sloppy Joes are usually served with coleslaw, I chose to have it with grilled cauliflower.


  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef

  • 1/2 cup onions, chopped

  • 1 green pepper, chopped

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon diluted in 1 cup hot water

  • Salt and pepper

  • Hamburger rolls

Yields: serving for 4

Prep Time: 15 minuites

Cook Time: 20 minuites


  1. In a heavy skillet, heat the olive oil, sauté the onions and green peppers and well browned.

  2. Add the beef. Cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the tomato paste, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Add the bouillon liquid, and let simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 15 minutes.

  4. Season to taste.

  5. Spoon onto toasted hamburger rolls.

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