Best Sloppy Joes Ever

I hope you like your Sloppy Joes excellent and sloppy! That’s apparently what makes the classic sandwich so much fun to eat! No judging, no teasing, just lots of napkins!

Why are these Sloppy Joes the “best ever”? The balance of seasonings. I like to partner with chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion, and garlic with tomato sauce, ketchup and Dijon mustard.

As the mixture simmers, the warm seasonings marry the pungent ones, balancing each other and deepening the overall flavor. And all this happens in less than 20 minutes. Want to prep ahead? Great! This is a very prep-ahead friendly dish (and the tastes evolve so leftovers are fantastic too). You can prepare the beef mixture up to 2 days in advance and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Reheat in a saucepan over medium heat, adding a little more tomato sauce or water if necessary to thin out the mixture. So why add corn? For sweetness and texture – each bite delivers a little surprise. Want to substitute poultry for beef? No problem. Substitute an equal amount of lean ground turkey or ground chicken for the beef.

Best Sloppy Joes Eve

Best Sloppy Joes Ever


  • check1 pound lean ground beef
  • check1 tablespoon chili powder
  • check1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • check1 teaspoon oregano
  • check1 teaspoon onion powder
  • check1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • check1/2 teaspoon salt
  • check1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • check1 cup tomato sauce or marinara sauce, or more as needed
  • check1/4 cup ketchup
  • check2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • check1/2 cup frozen corn, keep frozen until ready to use
  • checkSoft rolls (4 sandwich/hamburger rolls or 8 dinner rolls)

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1. Cook the beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks. When the meat is browned all over, add the chili powder, cumin, oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and black pepper.

Stir to coat. Cook for 1 minute, until the spices are fragrant.

Best Sloppy Joes Ever

Step 2. Add the tomato sauce, ketchup, and mustard and bring to a simmer.

Best Sloppy Joes Ever

Step 3. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, adding more tomato sauce if your mixture seems too thick.

Best Sloppy Joes Ever

Step 4. Stir in the corn.

Best Sloppy Joes Ever

Step 5. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes to heat the corn.

Best Sloppy Joes Ever

Step 6. Spoon the mixture onto the rolls and serve.

Best Sloppy Joes Ever

Paula Hughes

I’m Paula, and I’m absolutely in love with food blogs. I’m a foodie at heart but being the mother of two small boys, it’s not always easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so I rely on the support of other blogging moms like me to help along the way. Contact me at

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