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Who doesn’t love a good sloppy joe? They are so juicy and delicious, and the fact that they are sloppy makes them even more fun!

Sloppy joes can be bought canned in the store, but many would agree that they are so much more fun and delicious when you make them at home. If you would like to try to make homemade sloppy joes, here is a recipe you will want to follow.

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Our recipe calls for ground beef, chopped onions, nacho cheese soup, ketchup, and hamburger buns. Start by browning the meat and onions in a skillet. Combine the mixture with soup and ketchup and put them in a slow cooker. Give the mixture a few hours to heat and gain flavor and you have a great sloppy joe mix for your hamburger buns.

If we trace the origin of the sloppy joe throughout history, things can get a bit convoluted as there are many who try to stake claim to the founding of the dish. Some say it was invented by a chef from Sioux City, Iowa named Joe.

Others say the concept came to be in a restaurant in Havana called Sloppy Joe’s saloon. Others say it was born in Key West, Florida in a restaurant called Sloppy Joe’s Bar.

We may never know the true origin of the dish, but one thing we can be sure of is that it remains a crowd-pleaser to this day.

Easy Sloppy Joe Recipe

The sloppy joe recipe we have here is a take-off on the classic due to the addition of the nacho cheese soup. However, there are many ways to make sloppy joes. Here are some easy variations you may be interested in.

Sloppy Joe II: This recipe calls for ground beef, onion, bell pepper, garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, brown sugar and salt and pepper to taste. The beef is browned with the onion and pepper and the additional seasonings are added for a great taste your family is sure to love.

The Very Best Sloppy Joe: The creator of this recipe believes that the secret to a good sloppy joe is the use of all-natural ingredients. They use all-natural ketchup with brown sugar to make a sweet sauce. Garlic, onion mustard and Worcestershire sauce are used to flavor the meat which is served on a fresh bun with a sliced pickle.

Three Ingredient Sloppy Joe: A favorite in dorm rooms, this sloppy joe recipe can be made using just three simple ingredients; brown sugar, meat, and ketchup. Mustard can be added for taste, or not. Of course, many will also want a bun to eat it on but leaving the bun off can make for a great low carb option.

Sloppy Joes are so much fun to eat, easy to prepare and utterly delicious. What special touches will you be adding when you make them for your family?

If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure to check out our Barbecue Beef Cups Recipe and our Cheese & Roasted Pepper Stuffed Burgers.

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Cheesy Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Moms Who Think
  • Total Time: 25 minutes


  • pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 210¾ ounce cans condensed fiesta nacho cheese soup
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 16 hamburgers buns, split and toasted


1. In 12 inch skillet ground beef and onions over medium-high heat until meat is brown and onions are tender.

2. In 3½ or 4 quart slow cooker combine meat mixture soup and ketchup.

3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4½ to 5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2½ to 3 hours.

4. Serve meat mixture on toasted bun.

  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Sauteeing
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade sloppy joes, easy sloppy joe recipe