Busia’s Sloppy Joes

Happy Halloween!

And Happy 4th Annual Sloppy Joe Recipe on Sew You Think You Can Cook Day!

It’s totally a thing. We should make it the world’s longest hash tag. It’s that recognized.


img_1062Today’s sloppy joe recipe comes from my grandmother via my aunt. Last year or so, when my aunt finally got a computer, she was introduced to my blog and has been supporting me ever since! When she discovered that, for me, sloppy joes are synonymous with pre-trick-or-treating fare, she immediately sent me an email with Busia’s sloppy joe recipe.

I didn’t get a chance to make them last year as I was in the hospital with my then one-day old.  Seriously, how is my Treat a year old already!?

This sloppy joe recipe is as simple and comforting as it gets. It’s on a regular rotation at my aunt’s house and I can definitely see why. She enjoys hers with a slice of American cheese on top.

This recipe makes 6 sandwiches.

Busia’s Sloppy Joes


  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 C diced onion
  • 1 1/2 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 3/4 C ketchup
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/4 C lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns
  • sliced American cheese (optional)


  1. Saute onions in olive oil over medium-high heat in a nonstick skillet. When translucent add the ground meat and brown until fully cooked. Drain.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the kethcup, water, lemon juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, Worcestershire, chili powde,r and pepper. Add to the cooked, drained meat. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook 20 minutes.
  3. Serve on hamburger buns. Add American cheese, if desired.

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