Have you ever gotten a a mad, out-of-blue craving for something? A meal or a treat you just have to have? This week, I had this crazy yen for Sloppy’s Joe’s. Unfortunately, most of the recipes I found were too big and had too much tomato sauce. I wanted “sloppy joe’s” not “bathe in tomato sauce joes.” And, many of the recipes were also too bland. The only sloppy joe recipe for one person that I found was made with tofu. Nope.
Since I’d been feeling ambitious earlier in the week, I had fresh grass-fed beef on hand, and even homemade buns. If you want to make your own buns, try the recipe at King Arthur Flour’s website. If you don’t want to bother, that’s fine too!
In order to boost the flavor, I added a bit of sriracha to the sauce and increased the Worcestershire sauce slightly.
The recipe includes two different amounts for the ketchup and the tomato sauce, so you can adjust the sauce/beef ratio to your own preferences.
Yes, it was messy. But it was also really good! I have put this under “dinner,” but really you could make it for a weekend lunch too, since it’s easy.
Sloppy Joe Recipe Substitutions and Variations
- Make it with ground turkey or chicken instead of beef
- Kick up the heat with chili garlic sauce instead of sriracha
- Try half a chopped jalapeño pepper or red pepper flakes
- Add some chili powder and mustard, then balance that with a bit of brown sugar
More Ground Beef Recipes for One Person
A classic, with a twist. No rolling, no careful cooking, just pop it all in a pan and bake. Easy! Great with just some rice (serve the sauce over both).
Take your chili up a notch with a surprise ingredient (sriracha). Sure it may sound surprising, but Asia got the peppers from the Americas, so it works out. A small batch, so you’re not overwhelmed by chili.
Adding butter (and some herbs) pops the flavor of your burger and also keeps it moist and juicy.
Like moussaka? Hate all the fussing to make it? This version is much easier. No bechamel required, and fewer pans. Plus, spicy/warm cinnamon and nutmeg, the bite of garlic and onion, tender eggplant, ground beef, and tomatoes.