Sloppy Jo’s Just Like Sloppy Joe’s

-when you want something quick and tastes good, nothin’ beats a hearty Sloppy Jo.  Here I attempt to match the flavor of the original (and the best!) from Sloppy Joe’s at the corner of Duval & Green Streets in Key West.


1 pound ground chuck
Garlic & onion
(fresh minced or powder,
to taste)
Some Carrots & Jalapeno slices from a bottle if La Preferida Jalapeno Nacho Slices, diced (& don’t omit the carrots, they add to the taste as well as the color)
2 green peppers, diced
1 large bottle ketchup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Salt & black pepper, to taste
8 burger buns


Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, carrots/jalapeño  and green peppers and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more. Place a scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.

Note: thicken with a little  Wondra flour, if desired

5 thoughts on “Sloppy Jo’s Just Like Sloppy Joe’s

    1. Sure I do, I’ll be missing burning my tastebuds and heartburn 😋

      I might try “a little” in it.. Because I really enjoyed the cornbread from Moe’s and they used a little minced jalapeño.. I do like that pepper’s taste, just not the pain that follows soon after..


  1. Yum.. you know I’m going to leave out those jalapeños 😄

    Question, Ketchup comes in some really big bottles now, about how many ounces to use per pound of beef ?


    1. Sorry about that, I knew what size I mean, lol. It’s that middle sized bottle (the one you store upside down). Have to get back to you with the ounces.

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