Sloppy Joe was named for a cafe cook in Sioux City, Iowa. See the recipe for Sloppy Joe ». Todd Coleman

Popular throughout America as an easy way to stretch meat, this sandwich of ground beef and spicy tomato sauce is a classic. This recipe first appeared in our April 2011 special Sandwich Issue with author Daniel Pinkwater’s article Say My Name.

Yield: serves 4


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 12 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 14 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • 1 cup canned tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Tabasco, to taste
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted


  1. Heat oil in 12″ skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 6 minutes.
  2. Add beef and cook until browned, stirring so that the meat breaks up into small pieces, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire, chili powder, salt, pepper, and Tabasco; cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced and thick, about 10 minutes.
  4. Divide between buns and serve.