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Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwiches

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Updated September 06, 2023
Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwiches
15 Min

If you've been known to get a little messy at the dinner table, then we've got a meal that's just right for you! Try our Sloppy Joe Meatball Sandwiches for a hearty, saucy, and totally delicious way to take a trip down memory lane. Plus, the frozen meatballs are a great shortcut! This way dinner will be fantastic and ready in half the time. 

What You'll Need

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup diced onion
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 (24-ounce) can Sloppy Joe sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 pound frozen cocktail-sized cooked meatballs, cut in half
  • 5 hard rolls, split

What to Do

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add onion and pepper; sauté 3 minutes or until tender.
  2. Add sauce, brown sugar, and water; mix well. Add meatballs to skillet; cook covered 10 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stirring often.
  3. If desired, toast the rolls; spoon on the meatballs and sauce.

Mr. Food Test Kitchen Tip!

  • Just so you know, we've tested this with turkey meatballs, vegetarian meatballs, and even meatballs with sausage mixed in, and all got great reviews.
  • No need to mix and form your own meatballs! Look for the cooked and frozen variety in your supermarket. The package usually comes with 30 to 32 meatballs per pound.
  • For more meatball recipes, try our Cheesy Stuffed Meatballs, our Meatball Street Tacos, or our Potluck Spaghetti & Meatballs!

Nutritional InformationShow More

Servings Per Recipe: 5

  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Calories 522
  • Calories from Fat 210
  • Total Fat 23g 36 %
  • Saturated Fat 7.1g 36 %
  • Trans Fat 0.0g 0 %
  • Protein 19g 38 %
  • Amount Per Serving % Daily Value *
  • Cholesterol 21mg 7 %
  • Sodium 1,555mg 65 %
  • Total Carbohydrates 55g 18 %
  • Dietary Fiber 4.6g 18 %
  • Sugars 17g 0 %

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It was very good it is in my recipe box

According to this article on these sandwiches are believed to have been created by a cook in Sioux City, IA named Joe. He based it on loose meat sandwiches that were popular in the 1930s which had ground beef, ketchup, mustard, pickles. When he added tomato sauce to the mix, that's when it became "sloppy".

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Sorry. I thought I posted the link wrong in my original post.

It's a meatball hoagie the only difference is you substitute the sloppy joe sauce for the tomato sauce.

I usually never follow a particular recipe, but did on this find that this does not feed four! It would be too dry. In reading these, I would say to double all of them for four persons!! I made my own meatballs, and all was delicious!!


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