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Sloppy Joes

The sloppy joe is believed to have first been served in 1924, when a cook at Ye Olde Tavern in Sioux City, Iowa, added tomato sauce to a loose meat sandwich. The term “sloppy joe” had previously been used to refer to a restaurant that served cheap food quickly, but it had become a name for the sandwich by the 1940s. By the 1960s commercially packaged sloppy joe sauce had become widely available; Hunt’s version, called Manwich, was the most popular.

Recipe Servings: 8

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Gluten Free
Dairy Free



  1. Combine the beef and onion is a large saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or until the meat is mostly browned. Drain the grease.
  2. Whisk together the tomato sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
  3. Pour the mixture over the drained beef and stir until it is evenly coated.
  4. Cover the pan and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Scoop the meat mixture onto the buns and serve immediately.

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