Homemade Sloppy Joes

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Growing up my mom worked long hours away from home. Homemade Sloppy Joes was one of her go-to dinner meals. And I couldn’t have been any more excited to see it served. Honestly what’s better then perfectly flavored hamburger meat between warm, toasted buttery buns?

And let’s not forget this classic meal is ready in minutes and requires minimal ingredients. My favorite way to serve this is with a side of baked potato wedges and steamed green beans. Oh this is a delicious easy, meal that my family always looks forward too.

Sloppy joe meat on a bun with pickles.

You know what else makes this meal perfect? Not only can it be prepared days ahead of time, it also creates the perfect leftovers. And with this recipe we always have enough leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day.

It’s also worth noting if you’re into freezer meals you’ll want to pin this recipe now. Nothing is easier than doubling this recipe and freezing half for an easy freezer meal.

homemade sloppy joe recipe ingredients + notes

  • oil
  • onion
  • ground beef
  • Worcestershire sauce, Lea & Perrins is a GF brand in the US, in Canada check out French’s
  • brown sugar
  • ketchup
  • mustard
  • gluten and dairy free buns, we prefer Udi’s buns that are also soy and nut free
  • optional: green bell peppers
  • pro trip: for restaurant style buns toast them in the over over broil. Only toast for a minute or two at the most and watch closely. The buns will easily burn. Remove from the oven and lightly spread dairy free butter over the bun…. y’all this definitely takes your homemade sloppy joe game up a level.
homemade sloppy joe mix in a skillet
sloppy joe mix in a bun

more delicious dinner ideas

sloppy joe mix in a bun

in closing

However you look at it you can’t go wrong with this Homemade Sloppy Joe recipe. There’s nothing better then enjoying a filling & easy to fix gluten and dairy free meal. Not to mention this recipes only calls for 8 simple ingredients.

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Eat well and feel well,


Homemade Sloppy Joe’s

Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free
Author: Eating Gluten and Dairy Free


  • 1 tsp oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • tbsp gluten free Worcestershire sauce
  • c brown sugar
  • ½ c ketchup
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • optional: diced green bell peppers


  • In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onions.
  • After onions are translucent, add in ground beef and continue cooking. Add in green bell peppers now if using.
  • When meat is browned, drain excess grease.
  • Then add rest of ingredients and mix well. Allow to cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm.
  • Optional: toast gluten free buns in the oven over broil. Simply place buns open face on a baking sheet. Watch carefully so they don't burn. Then rub buns lightly with dairy free butter for restaurant-style buns.


This homemade sloppy joe mix can easily be made 2-3 days ahead of time and reheated. And can be frozen up to 2 months, thaw and reheat when ready. 


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