monster simple sloppy joes

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 package hamburger buns toasted
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • mozzarella balls
  • black olives


  • Heat a large 12” skillet over medium-high heat and add 1 lb. ground beef. Brown the beef, breaking it up with the back of the spoon until it’s no longer pink. Drain excess grease. If desired, add 1/2 chopped onion and 1 chopped bell pepper to the skillet and cook until the veggies have softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add ½ cup ketchup or tomato sauce to the skillet followed by 2 tablespoons dijon mustard, and 2 tablespoons light brown sugar and stir to combine.
  • Bring mixture to a gentle simmer and continue cooking for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to marry with one another.
  • Transfer mixture to buns. If desired, top with sliced cheddar cheese and toast in a toaster oven or on a low broil in the oven.


  • Serve with slaw salad mix, corn on the cob and watermelon.


  • Protein: Swap ground beef for ground chicken.
  • Ketchup: Swap ketchup for tomato sauce.
  • Mustard: Swap dijon for yellow or whole grain mustard.


  • Sloppy Joe mixture can be made fully in advance, cooled completely, and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 weeks.


Calories: 588kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 839mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 1092IU | Vitamin C: 41mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 5mg