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Test Kitchen Approved

Sloppy Joes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen


6 servings

Prep Time

30 Minutes

Cooking Time

5 Minutes

Recipe By Savory Spice Test Kitchen

A family classic, this is a great base recipe to try with one of your favorite BBQ-inspired seasonings in place of the suggestions we make here.


1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 lbs. ground beef

1 large onion, diced

1 large green bell pepper, diced

1 (28 oz.) can tomato sauce

2 Tbsp. molasses

4 Tbsp. Seasoning of choice:

6 hamburger buns or 12 slider buns

Optional garnishes: diced jalapeños, coleslaw or shredded cabbage, shredded cheese, diced onions

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Platte River Rib Rub

    Named in honor of our first store on Platte Street in Denver, CO, this rib rub has the flavors of a traditional barbecue rub. Because it has a brow...

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  • Homestead Seasoning

    This sweet and salty paprika-based seasoning is bittersweet, aromatic, and earthy with herbal notes. Rub on or use in marinade for beef, chicken, o...

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  • Woody Creek BBQ Seasoning

    This salt-free BBQ seasoning allows you to enjoy the sweet and smoky flavor of barbecue without the salt. Because it is salt-free, you can apply th...

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Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and use a spatula to break it up into small pieces as it browns. Once beef starts to brown, stir in onions and peppers. Once beef is cooked through, stir in tomato sauce, molasses, and seasoning of choice. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 to 30 min., stirring occasionally. Serve warm with burger buns and garnishes of choice.