Easy BBQ Sloppy Joes (30-minute meal)

Weeknight dinners don’t get any better than this 30 minute meal that uses just five ingredients to make a delicious main dish everyone in the family will happily devour.Weeknight dinners don't get any better than this 30 minute meal that uses just five ingredients to make a delicious main dish everyone in the family will happily devour.

Does anyone else ever feel like cooking for toddlers is like playing roulette? Even if your child liked something yesterday, there’s no guarantee he will like it today. Sometimes I know when I make dinner that there is a good chance my kids won’t love it. That’s okay. I want to expand their horizons. But, there’s nothing worse at the end of the day than having my kids turn up their noses at a meal that I’ve worked hard to make and legitimately thought they would like.

I’m happy to report, however, that I’ve NEVER had that problem with the recipe I’m sharing today. Both of my boys absolutely love this super simple meal, and Little Man regularly requests it. Tonight, when I told him what was on the menu, he declared, “That’s my favorite!” He then proceeded to eat two whole sloppy joes, and Little Brother downed his entire sandwich, too. Hooray for feeling like a good mom…even if only for five minutes.

The other thing I love about this meal is that it is so easy to make. It takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish (even if you have to thaw the meat), and it only has five super-basic ingredients.

Easy BBQ Sloppy Joes

Weeknight dinners don't get any better than this 30 minute meal that uses just five ingredients to make a delicious main dish everyone in the family will happily devour.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • Hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. Brown ground beef and diced onion in a large pan. Drain extra grease.
  2. Add tomato sauce and BBQ sauce to the pan and cook until warmed through and thickened to your desired consistency (about 6-8 minutes).
  3. Serve on hamburger buns with your favorite sides. We often eat our sloppy joes with sweet potato fries and a green salad.

Weeknight dinners don't get any better than this 30 minute meal that uses just five ingredients to make a delicious main dish everyone in the family will happily devour.

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28 thoughts on “Easy BBQ Sloppy Joes (30-minute meal)

  1. This looks so mouthwatering! I have to go make dinner in about an hour. I´ll stop by the grocery to buy what I need for this recipe and make it tonight! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. We ate them a lot growing up, but I didn’t make them a lot in adulthood until I had kids. They’re good easy comfort food though.

  2. My 4 year old asked me to make spaghetti for dinner on Wednesday. I finally made it for dinner on Friday, just to have her declare that she actually doesn’t like spaghetti anymore. AHHHHHHHH!! So yes, I know the frustration of trying to feed picky, ridiculous children, lol! I’ll have to give this recipe a try : )

    1. Grrr. Oh Amanda. Those nights are so frustrating. The good news (kind of) is that she’ll probably declare on Monday that she likes it again. I figure, if we keep putting a variety of foods in front of them, and don’t cater to their mac n cheese demands, eventually we’re likely to end up with children who have well-rounded diets. Good luck!

    1. I was telling my husband this week that I feel like my day is a success if the kids actually want to eat the dinner I put on the table on a given night. 🙂

  3. I haven’t had a sloppy joe since i lived in USA some many years ago. It is similar to a South African food called “vet koek”. I think we need to make this over this weekend – I have an intense craving for it now!

    1. I haven’t had a lot of South African food, but the few things I’ve enjoyed have been delicious! I hope you like the sloppy joes!

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