Sloppy Joes

Did everyone have a relaxing and fun weekend? I had a great weekend! I’m loving the weather in Colorado right now. To be honest the perfect weather is making me want to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible right now, I know, crazy since cooking and baking are two of my passions. This desire to spend less time standing in the kitchen and more time running, biking, and working in my garden has lead me to start making quick and easy meals like these Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joes | Recipe Runner

This past weekend was spent running 15 miles on Saturday, followed by a hike on a trail near our house, and then going to see the new X-Men movie later in the afternoon. Sunday was a 12 mile run and then a beautiful 30 mile bike ride. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, mid 80’s with a cool breeze and some passing clouds. This seriously was one of the biggest draws for my husband and I moving to Colorado. There is no way we would be enjoying ourselves this much in the beginning of June in Arizona. When I checked to see what the weather was doing in Arizona this past weekend I saw temperatures near 110 and here we are in Colorado sitting in the mid 80’s and loving every second of it! Sorry Arizona family and friends but I am NOT missing that state right now! So back to these super fast, easy to make Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joes |

The recipe is one that my Grandma used to make and I absolutely love it. The key ingredient in these sloppy joes that makes them so wonderful, honey! The honey adds a sweetness to the tang of the apple cider vinegar and balances the mild spiciness of the hot sauce and chili powder. I prefer to use lean ground turkey when I make my sloppy joes, but I know that her original recipe calls for ground beef which you can certainly use instead.

Sloppy Joes | Recipe Runner | Easy to make #dinner for days you don't have time to cook!

From start to finish these sloppy joes take about 15 minutes to make, you can’t beat that when you need a hearty meal on the table in a hurry. We enjoyed these sandwiches after our long bike ride Sunday and lucky for me there are leftovers so I’ll be having one for lunch today too! If you are fortunate enough to be having wonderful weather where you are, stay outside and enjoy it, don’t spend hours standing in the kitchen. Instead, whip up these delicious made from scratch Sloppy Joes in a matter of minutes!

Sloppy Joes | | Have #dinner on the table in 15 minutes with these delicious made from scratch sloppy joes!

Sloppy Joes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 7 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

5 sandwiches

Delicious made from scratch sloppy joes. Easy to make and on the table in 15 minutes!


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or beef
  • 1 T. dry onion
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t. dry mustard
  • 3/4 t. kosher salt
  • 1/4 t. black pepper
  • 1/4 t. celery seed
  • 1/8 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 T. honey
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • Several dashes of hot sauce
  • 2 T. water
  • 5 buns
  • Cheese, onions, pickles, lettuce for topping (optional)


  1. In a large skillet over medium high heat brown the meat with the tablespoon of dry onion and 2 tablespoons of water.
  2. When the meat is cooked through add in the chili powder, mustard, salt, pepper, celery seed, garlic powder, and cornstarch.
  3. Stir the meat until it is coated in all of the spices and let it cook for another minute.
  4. In a small mixing bowl whisk together the ketchup, honey, apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, and 2 tablespoons of water.
  5. Pour the sauce over the ground meat and stir until the meat is coated in the sauce.
  6. Cook the mixture until it is heated through.
  7. Serve on buns alone or topped with cheese, onion, pickles, and lettuce.

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  1. says

    A Sloppy Joe is not an easy food to photograph, great job on the photos! I totally agree with you, I want to be doing fun things instead of cooking when the weather is this great. Most of my cooking his migrated out to the grill lately!

  2. says

    These look amazing! I agree with Annie, sloppy joes aren’t easy to make look delicious and you nailed it….. my mouth is watering! My parents recently retired and moved from where I live (NH) and Colorado and they are loving the weather too, they’re near Colorado Springs :) You are Very active, that’s great! I’m working on it but nowhere near you! Thanks for sharing this great recipe! The best part is that I have ground beef and was just struggling with what to do with it…. you’re the best!

    • says

      Thanks Stephanie, that’s so sweet! For me the key to staying active is doing things I love and that are fun, that way it doesn’t feel like a “work”out.

    • says

      Colorado is beautiful Kayley, if you’ve never been here you must plan a trip! The honey adds great flavor to these sloppy joes, it’s what I love most about them!

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