Simple Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 yellow onion, grated or chopped
  • 1-2 cups ketchup 
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 3-4 tbl worcestershire sauce
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder 


First, sauté your chopped green bell pepper in a little canola oil for a few minutes until it starts to soften. 

If you prefer chopped onion to grated, add it now!

Add your beef, breaking it up while it browns. 

Now, I typically use 97/3 or 90/10 ground beef and do not find it necessary to strain it after it’s cooled. However, if you are using 80/20 or any more fat than that, strain the peppers and beef to get rid of the grease and return it back to the pan.

 I clearly used 80/20 today lol 

Moving right along!!!

Throw in the grated onion. Add your salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Then, your brown sugar and DASH of cinnamon. 

I never measure spices. So, by dash I guess I mean, half of 1/8 if a teaspoon? So that’s what? 1/16 of a teaspoon??? Yup! Sounds good – basically use very little!


Ketchup time! I start with one cup and stir. I give it a taste to see how much more ketchup flavor I want. I would say I probably added about another 1/2 cup to the mix. 

I added about 3 tablespoons or so of worcestershire, gave it a taste and added a bit more. 

Again, it’s all in what your tastebuds tell you! 

Stir the mixture and let it simmer for 10  minutes, stirring frequently. 




Simple Sloppy Joes
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  1. 1 lb ground beef
  2. 1 green bell pepper
  3. 1/2 yellow onion, grated or chopped
  4. 1-2 cups ketchup
  5. 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  6. 3-4 tbl worcestershire sauce
  7. a dash of cinnamon
  8. salt
  9. pepper
  10. garlic powder
  1. Saute chopped green bell pepper in a little canola oil to soften. (if using chopped onion, add to pan as well!)
  2. Add beef, breaking it up as it browns.
  3. Add grated onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste, along with your brown sugar and a dash (no more) of cinnamon. Stir
  4. Add one cup of ketchup. Taste mixture and add more to your liking.
  5. Add 3 tablespoons of Worcestershire or more to taste.
  6. Stirring frequently, simmer sloppy joes for 10 minutes.
  7. Serve!
  1. I never measure spices. Therefore, the dash of cinnamon I am going to say is about 1/16 of a teaspoon. Take 1/8 teaspoon measure and use only half of it.