Sloppy Jos

We love this quick but different take on ground beef or venison ( or any ground meat), I find the flavor is best suited to a hearty meat.

We make homemade hamburger buns to serve the mixture over generously. I use the King Arthur Flour recipe and double it to freeze to have extra buns for subs and sandwiches through the week .

This is best served with homemade fries on the side or mashed squash, or broccoli and cheese. It’s a delicious Saturday night supper.

I forgo the “e” on the traditional spelling of Joe, to give my little sister Jo her own little recipe here. Sorry for calling you sloppy, sis.

Sloppy Jos

A hearty ground beef or venison mix served on a dense bun
Course Main Course
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion or 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 2/3 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground mustard


  • In large frying pan or dutch oven, brown ground beef and onion.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together all other ingredients listed, and add to pan, mixing well.
  • Simmer 35 minutes over low heat, uncovered, stirring often, adding a bit more crushed tomatoes if needed.
  • Serve over dense hamburger bun bottom or bread.

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