Sloppy Joe’s or “Manwich”!

Pre and Cook in less than 30 minutes
Serves: 4 (servings size)

You know what these are! And there are SO MANY variations, check this Google search.
The recipe referenced here is advertised on as a “MANWICH (COPYCAT)”.
Sloppy Joe’s, like chili, are very receptive to customization. So make this recipe as printed once, and then start tweaking!


I have always had a hard time with using ketchup as an ingredient in a recipe. The original version of this recipe is authentic, and does taste “correct” as a copy-cat Manwich. But I felt the ketchup was a little too strong. So I added my own tweak to this recipe here. Both versions are still visible so you can make your own decision. You could also simply use less ketchup, OR try different brands or specialty ketchups to alter this recipe to your desired version.

  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed tomatos (or sauce)
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons raw sugar*
    (use only 1 if you have white sugar. Adjust to your taste ut it might not taste right if you leave it out.)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large tablespoon dried mixed vegetables (found in the spice aisle)
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon dried onion flakes or powder
  • 1 large tablespoon green pepper (or yellow or red …), chopped fine
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • 1 lb ground beef

* Raw sugar is that slightly brown sugar that is less refined than white sugar but still not “brown sugar”. You may have seen it at your favorite coffee shop. It is available in the baking aisle at the grocery store near the other common sugars. You can also just use whatever sugar you have on hand or prefer. You could even use honey but don’t over do it.

  1. Fry the beef, cook off the excess moisture and let is start to sizzle and brown. When the beef is no longer pink add the peppers, and any other fresh ingredients you substitued for dry.
  2. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  4. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve on toasted buns with your favorite condiments; cheese, pickles, and chips or coleslaw on the side?

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