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Sloppy Joes recipe

Sloppy Joes recipe

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Use leftover beef and onion mixture in this sloppy joes recipe to make this American classic. Sandwiched between two golden buns, serve with melty cheese slices, tangy gherkins and a crisp salad for a taste sensation ready in minutes. See method

  • Serves 4
  • Takes 15 mins
  • 470 calories / serving
  • Freezable


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil​
  • 1 green pepper, finely diced
  • 1 yellow pepper, finely diced
  • leftover beef and onion mixture
  • 100g passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tsp American mustard
  • 4-pack large seeded burger buns
  • 1 garlic clove (optional)
  • 4 mild cheese slices
  • 2 pickled gherkins, sliced, to serve (optional)
  • salad leaves, to serve (optional)

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 24%
  • Saturates

    5g 26%
  • Sugars

    14g 16%
  • Salt

    1.9g 32%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 54.2g Protein 21.5g Fibre 7g


  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan over a medium-high heat. Fry the peppers for 5 mins until soft. Add the beef and onion mixture, passata, ketchup and mustard. Cook for 2-3 mins until bubbling and slightly thickened. Preheat the grill to medium-high.

  2. Toast the buns under the grill on both sides until golden, then rub the cut sides with garlic, if you like, before spreading with butter. Put a cheese slice on the bottom halves, then top with the beef mixture and the lids. Serve with gherkins and salad leaves, if you like.

Freezing and defrosting guidelines

Freeze filling only. In order to enjoy optimum flavour and quality, frozen items are best used within 3 months of their freezing date. For more tips on freezing and defrosting food, read our article Love Your Freezer.

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