Sloppy Joes With Ketchup – An Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

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We have an Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe with only 3 ingredients.  The main ingredient is one that can be found in almost every household. Sloppy Joes With Ketchup is a 20 minute dinner idea using ground beef, ketchup, onions, salt and pepper.

Sloppy Joes with Ketchup:

Ever stare at a pound of ground beef and realize you have no time or none of the right ingredients to make any of your favorite dishes?

We hate when that happens.

Well, this Sloppy Joes Sandwich recipe will save the day! Not only does it take ingredients you almost ALWAYS have on hand, but it also can be on the table in 20 minutes!

When we say this is an easy sloppy Joe Recipe, we aren’t joking.  With only 3 ingredients, it doesn’t get any easier than this.  And, nobody knows the difference.

Easy Sloppy Joes

The sloppy joe sauce in this “recipe” is only ketchup with onions, salt and pepper. Do you count the salt and pepper as ingredients? We think not. And the onions could technically be optional.

One of Barbara’s co-workers made this recently for a pitch-in. Barbara overheard her coworker bragging that it was the easiest sloppy joe recipe ever with only one ingredient….ketchup.

So, Barbara hit her coworker up and got the ingredient list and how she made it. Then she went right home to make it for her family.

And you know what, it is just as good as our other version that is much more effort. It was kid-approved, husband-approved AND Barbara-approved!

The main ingredient - after the ground beef - in these Easy Sloppy Joes is one that can be found in almost every household.

Ingredients for Simple Sloppy Joe Recipe:

Ground Beef

Onions, diced

Ketchup

Salt

Black Pepper

Notes About Sloppy Joes Recipe with Ketchup:

  • This sloppy joe sandwich recipe is super easy.  The sauce is made of ketchup.  Onions are optional, but highly recommended.
  • Substitute dried onion flakes for diced onion, if needed.
  • Diced onions, salt and pepper is all it takes to season up the ground beef.
  • Serve it in a bun, as an open sandwich on bread or eat it with tortilla chips. Then use the leftovers (if there are any) to make our Sloppy Joe Cups.
  • This easy sloppy joe recipe tastes great served over baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.

How to Make Simple Sloppy Joes

Full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for simple sloppy joes with ketchup, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, brown ground beef and onions, and drain excess grease.
  2. Add ketchup, salt and pepper.
  3. Heat over low heat until warm and bubbly, approximately 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on a bun or bread as an open-faced sandwich or it tastes great served over a baked potato.

What goes with Sloppy Joes?

Sloppy Joe sandwiches are on regular rotation on the menu at our house.  Here’s our favorite side dishes to serve with sloppy joes.

  1. Cheesy Potatoes
  2. Baked Mac and Cheese
  3. Coleslaw
  4. Corn Casserole
  5. Cinnamon Apples
  6. Sweet and Sour Green Beans with Bacon
  7. Creamed Peas
  8. Macaroni and Tomatoes
  9. French Onion Rice Casserole
  10. Pickled Beets

The main ingredient - after the ground beef - in these Easy Sloppy Joes is one that can be found in almost every household.

What goes good on a sloppy joe?

Sloppy Joes are perfect just as they are served plain over bread or on a bun, but there’s also endless ways to shake it up with Sloppy Joe toppings. Here’s our top 15 Sloppy Joe Topping Ideas.

  1. Sliced Cheese
  2. Jalapenos or candied jalapenos
  3. Pickles
  4. Caramelized onions
  5. Raw onions
  6. Lettuce
  7. Siracha
  8. Banana Peppers
  9. Potato Chips (the crunch is amazing)
  10. Pickled Beets
  11. French Fried Onions
  12. Tomato Slices
  13. Coleslaw
  14. Avocado
  15. Giardiniera

How to serve Sloppy Joes without bread?

Bread and/or buns are not required for eating Sloppy Joes. Here’s five fun ways to eat sloppy joes without bread.

  1. Serve over baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes.
  2. Make sloppy joe nachos by eating with tortilla chips.
  3. Fill biscuit dough with sloppy joes to make Sloppy Joe Cups.
  4. Serve over scrambled eggs for a fun breakfast or brunch.
  5. Make sloppy joe tacos by filling tortilla shells.

 

Sloppy Joe Recipe Variations

We love messy, saucy sandwiches over here at These Old Cookbooks! Check out some other sloppy joe recipe variations:

Frisco Melt Joes

Frisco Melt Sloppy Joes are a fun new spin on classic sloppy joes. Featuring all the flavors of a Steak N Shake Frisco Melt, this ground beef sloppy joe can be made in just thirty minutes.

Classic Sloppy Joes

These Classic Sloppy Joes are made with just a few simple ingredients and can be served as a sandwich or used as toppings on a baked potato.

Sloppy Joe Cups

Sloppy Joe Cups have all the flavor of the classic sandwich in an easier to eat package - a biscuit - and topped with yummy cheese.

French Onion Joes

These French Onion Joes are an easy alternative to traditional sloppy joes without the tomatoes. With just four ingredients, this loose meat sandwich is quick dinner option.

Italian Joes from The Farmwife Feeds

Sloppy Joes With Ketchup - An Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

We have an Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe with only 3 ingredients.  The main ingredient is one that can be found in almost every household. Sloppy Joes With Ketchup is a 20 minute dinner idea using ground beef, ketchup, onions, salt and pepper. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic sloppy joes, easy sloppy joes, simple sloppy joe recipe, sloppy joes with ground beef, sloppy joes with ketchup
Servings: 6
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion diced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef and onions together in a skillet; drain excess grease if needed.
    We have an Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe with only 3 ingredients.  The main ingredient is one that can be found in almost every household. Sloppy Joes With Ketchup is a 20 minute dinner idea using ground beef, ketchup, onions, salt and pepper. 
  • Add ketchup, salt and pepper.
    We have an Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe with only 3 ingredients.  The main ingredient is one that can be found in almost every household. Sloppy Joes With Ketchup is a 20 minute dinner idea using ground beef, ketchup, onions, salt and pepper. 
  • Heat over medium low heat until warm and bubbly, approximately 10 minutes.
    We have an Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe with only 3 ingredients.  The main ingredient is one that can be found in almost every household. Sloppy Joes With Ketchup is a 20 minute dinner idea using ground beef, ketchup, onions, salt and pepper. 
  • Serve on a bun or as an open faced sandwich on bread.
    We have an Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe with only 3 ingredients.  The main ingredient is one that can be found in almost every household. Sloppy Joes With Ketchup is a 20 minute dinner idea using ground beef, ketchup, onions, salt and pepper. 

Notes

  • This sloppy joe sandwich recipe is super easy.  The sauce is made of ketchup.  Onions are optional, but highly recommended.
  • Substitute dried onion flakes for diced onion, if needed.
  • Diced onions, salt and pepper is all it takes to season up the ground beef.
  • Serve it in a bun, as an open sandwich on bread or eat it with tortilla chips. Then use the leftovers (if there are any) to make our Sloppy Joe Cups.
  • This easy sloppy joe recipe tastes great served over baked potatoes or baked sweet potatoes. 
  • Try our classic sloppy joe recipe!

The main ingredient - after the ground beef - in these Easy Sloppy Joes is one that can be found in almost every household.

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