Not-So-Sloppy Joes


Who needs a jar of Sloppy Joe sauce when you can make this family-favorite recipe from scratch?

Not-So-Sloppy Joes
Photo: Hector Sanchez
Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 serves


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste

  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • teaspoon cinnamon

  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted

  • ½ cup grated Cheddar

  • ½ cup sour cream


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper. Sauté until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

  2. Add the ground beef and brown, about 5 minutes.

  3. Stir in the tomato paste, chili powder, cumin, salt, black pepper, and cinnamon. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened slightly, about 12 minutes.

  4. Spoon onto the buns. Sprinkle each with the Cheddar and top with a dollop of the sour cream.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

556 Calories
29g Fat
35g Carbs
37mg Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 556
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 126mg 42%
Sodium 697mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Protein 37g
Calcium 220mg 17%
Iron 6mg 33%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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