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Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix Recipe

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Keep this homemade spice mix on hand to make sloppy joes in a jiffy. Recipe may be multiplied. Store in a cool, dry place up to 6 months.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 Tablespoon instant minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried green pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder


Combine onion, green pepper flakes, salt, cornstarch, garlic, dry mustard, celery seed, and chili powder in a small bowl until evenly distributed.

Spoon mixture onto a 6-inch square of aluminum foil and fold to make airtight. Label with date and contents. Store in a cool, dry place. Use within 6 months.

Yield: About 1 package or 3 Tbsp of mix, enough for 6 servings of sloppy joes

To make Sloppy Joes:
Brown 1 pound lean ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Drain excess grease. Add Sloppy Joe seasoning mix, 1/2 cup water, 1 (8-ounce) can of tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over toasted hamburger buns.

Makes 6 servings

Recipe Source: The Complete Make-A-Mix Cookbook by Karine Eliason (HarperPerennial Library)
Reprinted with permission.

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 2 out of 5
Where's the paprika?, Member Carrot_top

I love being able to make the recipe up ahead of time, but my family took one bite and said ""Never make this again!"" I think it's a good basic start but some alterations need to be made for individual tastes. The chili pepper made it too spicy for us, and it didn't taste right without lots of paprika, which is common in store-bought sloppy joe sauces. Once you get it adjusted to your tastes though, you can make it in bulk and you'll never have to buy sloppy joe sauce again!

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