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Easy Sloppy Joes

This Easy Sloppy Joes recipe is made with ancho chili powder and ready in about 20 minutes!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 515kcal
Author: Nikole Berg


  • ½ cup BBQ sauce your favorite kind
  • 4 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 teaspoon beef concentrate like Better than Bouillon
  • 2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 ¼   pounds ground beef 85%-90% lean
  • 1 teaspoon oil such as canola
  • 1 cup yellow onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Hamburger buns buttered and toasted.


  • 2 whole pickles sliced; or pre-sliced


  • Chop onions, set aside. Mix BBQ sauce, ketchup, beef stock concentrate, ancho chili powder, salt, pepper, cornstarch, and 2 tablespoon water. Set aside.
  • On medium, heat oil in a cast iron or non-stick skillet. Sauté onions until softened or slightly caramelized, about 5 minutes.
  • Add beef to pan, breaking up with a spoon or spatula. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook until browned and almost cooked through.
  • Add sauce to beef mixture. Stir to combine.  Simmer on low heat until beef is cooked through and sauce is slightly thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
  • If desired, brush softened butter over tops of buns before toasting.
  • Spoon ¼ meat mixture onto each of 4 buns. Serve with pickles.


Substitute ground beef with ground turkey.
Add one can drained and rinsed black or pinto beans. Use one pound of ground beef instead of 20 ounces.
Much of the flavor of the sauce will come from the BBQ sauce you use, so be sure to use one you love. We like to use both sweet and tangy flavors, or a mixture of the two!



Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 1009mg | Potassium: 595mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 77IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 5mg