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Got 20 Minutes? Here’s Your Feelgood Sloppy Joe Supper

When I’m struggling to find a super-quick supper, I often pull out a package of grassfed ground beef from the freezer. We get a ton of it with our annual quarter share of beef from Magpie Ranch.

I didn’t always appreciate ground beef. But there are a lot of reasons to love it–like the fact that it’s economical whole animal eating with a healthy balance of fats.

It’s also really easy to turn into a quick weeknight dinner or a weekend comfort food classic.

Our go-tos using our supply of grassfed ground beef are meat sauce for pasta, meatloaf or meatballs and good old hamburgers.

But then I remembered the Sloppy Joe. I included a recipe in my book based on my memories of a thick, tomatoey meat stew with sweet and sour notes. Just like my mom made.

Sriracha Sloppy Joe recipe at

When I cooked up a pan of Sloppy Joe for my kids on homemade buns, they loved it.

I loved it because Sloppy Joe means just one and 20 minutes to dinner! Add in a few carrot sticks or a salad and dinner is good to go.

The only change I wanted was to ramp up the tanginess and add a bit of heat with sriracha. So, here’s my version of Sriracha Sloppy Joe.

Instead of the bun, try it over rice, quinoa or a baked sweet potato.

And while it’s quick to make, the Sloppy Joe is a great make-ahead meal. Like any sauce or stew it only gets better over time.

And you can freeze any leftovers. {Doubt there will be any though!}


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Sriracha Sloppy Joe recipe at

Sriracha Sloppy Joe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sloppy joe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Author: Lynne Curry

This warming skillet supper comes together quickly in a single pan for an easy weeknight dinner. Serve it the traditional way on a toasted bun, or spooned over steamed rice, quinoa or a baked sweet potato.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely diced
  • 1 rib celery, finely diced
  • 1 pound ground beef grassfed
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups (1 15-ounce can) tomato puree
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons sriracha, or more to taste

For serving

  • 4 best-quality toasted sesame seed buns
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions for serving optional


  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the ground beef with the salt and pepper and cook, braking it up with a wooden spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 4 minutes.

  2. Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and sriracha. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 12 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

  3. Meanwhile, toast the buns. Portion the sloppy joe mixture onto each bun and top with scallions, if desired.


  1. This is a great quick meal for a busy evening. It is full of flavor and nutrition.

    1. So happy to hear that!

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