Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Recipe
This is the best sloppy joe recipe ever! First of all, it’s homemade, and we all know homemade is always better. On top of that, this recipe (although homemade) is still easy and quick to make. Plus, it freezes well too! It really is perfect.
Watch how easy it is to prepare this Sloppy Joes Recipe!
So, ditch the can, mix up your own flavorful sloppy joe sauce with simple ingredients, and still have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes. I love easy ground beef recipes and easy dinners!
How to Make Homemade Manwich Sauce
Not too sweet, not too spicy, but a whole lot of tangy zip. That’s the best way to describe what this sloppy joe sauce takes like.
My whole family really likes it! Apparently, a lot of other people like it too.
Hence, you can buy Manwich at nearly every grocery store and it has been around for a while.
You can use fresh or frozen diced green peppers in this recipe. Most of the other ingredients are easy to keep in the pantry, like the dried seasonings and tomato sauce. Even the buns can be kept on hand in the freezer for a little while without drying out too much.
Celery seed may not be one that you already have in your pantry – I use it only for this recipe! Feel free to try the recipe without it. I have not made it without the celery seed before, but I’m guessing that it will still be delicious.
Once you’re finished with your homemade manwich sauce, simply add the sauce to your 1-pound of browned ground beef, bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for 10 minutes.
Your Homemade Manwich is Ready to Serve
Once you’ve got your manwich recipe all finished, you can either freeze it or serve it. If you’re going to serve it, try it with some nice toasted hamburger buns! Enjoy your fun, delicious, and messy dinner! (Don’t forget to let us know what you think about the recipe after you try it!)
To make this TERRAfit-friendly, use a low-sugar ketchup and serve with a whole grain bun, or eat it without a bun!
More of our Favorite Sloppy Joe Recipes
I love sloppy joes because they are easy to make and my family eats them up. All of the sloppy joe fillings freeze well too! So, here are some more of the sloppy joe recipes that we have posted over the years…
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Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Recipe
- 8 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 cup low sugar ketchup
- 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
- 1 tablespoon green pepper diced fine
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon dried minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 pound ground beef
- 6 hamburger buns
- Combine all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
- Brown 1 pound ground beef, drain the fat. Add the sauce to the meat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with toasted hamburger buns.
Preparing For the Freezer:
- Store the sloppy joe filling in a gallon-size resealable freezer bag, or portion into smaller bags according to your needs. Label and date the bags, remove as much air as possible, and freeze flat. The buns may also be frozen.
Prepare after Freezing:
- Remove from freezer and thaw in the refrigerator overnight, or place frozen sloppy joe mixture directly into pan. Heat gradually in a saucepan or skillet until warmed through and serve.
Comments & Reviews
EXCELLENT RECIPE!! THANKS!! I didn’t have dried garlic or onion, but substituted fresh, and it was AMAZING!! Even my teenager had seconds!
Thank you for your comment and review, Dori! That’s good to know that it works just as well with the fresh substitutes. I love this sloppy joe recipe too, I actually just made it again last week and have some in my freezer right now! 🙂
I am making your Halloween Puff Pastry Intestines for our party this Saturday. Does one recipe of the Homemade Sloppy Joe make the 3 to 3 1/2 cups you need for the intestines recipe?
Hi Barbara, YES this should make enough filling for you – enjoy!
Have used this recipe a few times,great flavor! During Corona quarantine it was an old time meal that helped make us all happy in our New York home 😃
So happy to hear this Maureen! Even my non-sloppy-joe-liking husband approves of this one! 🙂 Thanks for commenting and stay safe, my friend!
Thanks! As soon as I read the label and found 2 kinds of corn syrup (bad, and worse) I wanted to make my own. You made my day.
Right?! Yes, this homemade sloppy joe recipe tastes just as good, if not better, and the ingredients can be much better! I’m so glad you found the recipe. Hope you like it!
Australian follower here, what is the difference between can tomato sauce and tomato ketcup?
Here tomato ketcup is called tomato sauce.
“Ketchup” here is basically a spicier, seasoned tomato sauce (often made with vinegar) in a bottle. “Tomato sauce” is usually a canned cooked tomato puree, unseasoned or just lightly seasoned. Hopefully that helps!
This was great. Used green chili’s instead of green pepper and onion powder instead of dried onion and the family loved it. Thanks
Great adaptations! I’m so glad everyone loved it. This recipe is definitely my family’s favorite sloppy joes. Thank you for your comment and review, Bubbles!
Not for me. The flavor was a lot weaker than Manwich. Not bold enough
We’ve been tryin different sloppy joe recipes for a while now. FINALLY FOUND A KEEPER!!!!!
Sooooo easy. Cleanup was also very easy. Thanks
Also – we found that it just as good as Manwich!
Thanks for the fab review! We are so glad you enjoyed it. And YES easy clean-up for the win everytime.
So good!! Perfect like it is but I also add several dashes of my favorite hot sauce for a little extra kick.
Thanks for the review! Great idea to add hot sauce!
I just made this with True Made Veggie Ketchup – a no sugar (keto) catsup. and because of the lack of any sugar, I only added a couple little drops of the mustard. It was awesome.
Sloppy joes!!!!!!!! Really great sandwiches. My mother adds and extra ingredient to her manwich!
Thanks for the review, Erica!