On A Budget: Homemade Sloppy Joes

This is one of the most easiest dishes we’ve made, super easy to swap ingredients or even add more! Throw in some chilli, add that kick, heck even add more cheese on top.

These are seriously the messiest things we’ve eaten too, not very good for someone like James to have (he’s just naturally messy to be honest) so have some wipes on hand and enjoy!

Makes: 6 | Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins


– 1 tbsp vegetable oil

– 1 onion, finely chopped

– 2 small red peppers or yellow peppers, finely chopped (50p)

– 2 garlic cloves, crushed

– 400g minced beef (£1.69)

– 2 x 400ml cans chopped tomatoes (68p)

– 2 tbsp chipotle or smoky barbecue sauce

– 4 cheese slices (£1)

– 6 burger buns (65p)

– crispy onions, to serve

– iceberg lettuce, to serve

Total: £4.52


1. Heat the oil in a deep frying pan, then fry the onion, pepper and garlic for 8-10 mins until softened. Add the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as you go, and stir until it browns all over. Tip in the tomatoes and chipotle, or barbecue sauce, and add a little seasoning. Simmer for 10-15 mins until the sauce has thickened.

2. Put the cheese slices on top of the mince and cover with a lid for 2 mins to let it melt into the sauce. Pile into the buns with the crispy onions, and lettuce on the side for scooping up the extra sauce.

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  1. abbeylouisarose
    May 27, 2017 / 8:40 am

    I've never actually tried sloppy joes! The name kinda puts me off because it doesn't exactly sound appetising, does it? Hahaha! Yours look delicious though, they definitely look worth a try!Abbey 💓 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Haha that's so true, I've always thought that – they usually don't look as nice on TV either but it's actually so good for the most chilled day!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  2. Lifethrough Tsg
    May 27, 2017 / 10:58 am

    Ooh I've never actually even seen a sloppy joe. I just used to hear about them when I watched wizards of Waverley place on Disney channel 😂. They look intriguing!Hayley X http://www.lifethroughtsg.com

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 7:56 am

      Hahahaha same actually, but we just had to try them and see what all the fuss is about!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 7:56 am

      They're so worth making!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  3. Claire Walker
    May 29, 2017 / 4:04 pm

    Oh my goshhhh that photo has made me SO HUNGRY 😭😍 I've never heard of these before but they look delicious! xxhttp://www.grabyourcamera.co.uk

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:02 am

      We've only heard of them in American movies but it was something we had to try make for ourselves!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  4. Corinne & Kirsty
    May 29, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Oh god that looks good! I am trying to eat healthier but how can I when I see such deliciousness online? I am getting back into baking but should do cooking too ! xx corinne

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:07 am

      We don't really help people when are trying to eat healthy do we? hahahaThank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  5. Isabel
    May 29, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Wow, I've actually always wondered what a Sloppy Joe is since hearing them referenced on US tv shows but never looking it up! I reckon I would love a vegetarian version of this, I really want to try making it!

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:10 am

      We'd love to see your veggie version of this!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  6. Chloe
    May 29, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Hi, I've not tried sloppy joes but I think I will now, looks delicious, Chloe #TeacupClub

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:11 am

      Please do! They're so worth the mess!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  7. Joanne Rangeley
    May 29, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    Sound yummy – and all messy food is always yummy!!!

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:12 am

      Very true, best food is always best eaten messy!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  8. Emily Becca
    May 29, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    I'm honestly loving this series! Being a student (and generally very careful with money) it's good to know I can eat for less. However not eating red meats this isn't for me, but my family would love it (and I could possibly do it with quorn?) loved this!Em // Emilybecca.com

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:13 am

      So glad you're loving the series, eating good food and saving money is what we're all about hahaThank you for reading and commenting☺💓

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:19 am

      Sloppy Joe's are American and so so tasty!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  9. My life in rose tinted glasses
    June 5, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    I have always wanted to try sloppy Joes, yet I haven't!! I love this guys you did a great job, it looks amazing and at such a low cost you smashed it!! I'll definitely be making these and letting you know how they go! Francesca | mylifeinrosetintedglasses.com

    • Food and Baker
      June 11, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Aww thank you so much! Yes please so let us know!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  10. Breanna Catharina
    November 4, 2017 / 11:24 pm

    I've honestly never seen a prettier sloppy joe, honestly. These look super yummy. I like sloppy joes, but I'm realizing I haven't had one in years! I'm going to have to keep this recipe in mind for dinner soon. xxBreanna Catharinatoocuteforlife.com

    • Food and Baker
      November 7, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Hahah am I flattered, since it's coming from you! Would love to try an original one day!Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

  11. Alisha Valerie Gerrard
    January 14, 2019 / 1:23 pm

    I haven't had a Sloppy Joe burger in years – I cannot wait to mke my own twist on a vegan version of these, they look like the perfect burger!! 🌸💜With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

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