Sloppy Joes Recipe – Kids Friendly Dinner in Under 20 Minutes

Trying new things that all of my kids will actually eat is a rare feat. Some weeks we eat way too much mac and cheese because I know the kids will eat it and we are in a hurry to fit in dinner, baths, and play time with dad since he doesn’t get home most nights until 7 or so. I always loved sloppy joes as a kid and I found this recipe that was similar to how my parents made them and decided to give it a try. I left out the bell pepper because I didn’t have any on hand but I’ll be trying it with bell pepper next time to see if it’s as big of a hit. I’ll give you an update then.

The original recipe says it takes about 40 minutes but it only took me 20-30. I was going to do carrots or salad to go with it, but my fridge got too cold and froze both. Go figure.


Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tspn yellow mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3 tspns brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper; drain off liquids.
  2. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, and brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.


  • So like I said, this didn’t take a full 40 minutes for me. You could easily let it simmer for less time and still end up with a great sloppy joe.
  • I used lean ground turkey instead of beef. We don’t usually have beef in our house unless we are doing steaks or a stew.
  • This recipe has a LOT of room for experimentation. Add cheese, top with sauteed peppers and onions, substitute some of the ketchup for bbq sauce. Add a little more sugar or mustard. We like to scoop the extra sloppy joe mixture with potato chips and eat it that way. So play around with it and see what your family likes best.

Have you tried out this recipe? Post how it went in the comments!

Original Recipe Found Here


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