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Homemade Sloppy Joe Mix
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5 from 4 votes

Homemade Sloppy Joe Mix

This homemade sloppy joe mix is easier to make than you think - you probably already have most of the ingredients you need in your fridge or pantry!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Servings - 4 servings


  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika (regular paprika works too!)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • MIX WITH...
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 15 oz. can tomato sauce, plus 1/2 cans worth of water
  • 1 Tbsp mustard
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp cider vinegar


  • In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, minced onion, ground cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  • Brown the ground beef, then stir in the tomato sauce plus about 1/2 cans worth of water (more if you plan on simmering it a long time), the mustard and cider vinegar. Add in the spices mixture and stir into the sauce. Let simmer for 5-10 minutes, giving time for the flavors and spices to infuse into the sauce.
  • Serve Sloppy Joes on buns (or over rice) with favorite side dishes.