Sloppy Joes Recipe

This Sloppy Joes Recipe, made with fresh vegetables, fennel, lean ground beef, and delicious spices – is perfect for any season, for casual entertaining!

Sloppy Joe's

Having jumped into this new season of life, where we now live in a smaller community, my husband and I are living life a little slower, not running to so many commitments, and we’ve even noticed, we’re savoring our bites and eating slower!

We decided to take control of our lives, which brings us to our new home, a new place … just a lot of newness!

Sloppy Joe's

I think too many people are not willing to make changes in life. They get caught up in why moving or making a change (or downsizing) wouldn’t work, where realistically it would be better for their health, finances, and even family life. Bottom line, too many of us have a set of wonky fears that rule us, and make us do what we do.

When our son told us through WeChat (the way we communicate with him in China), that his boss gave him a copy of The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren, Paul and I decided to pull out our copy and start reading it again. What a great (older, still so relevant) book, with beautiful reminders about the purpose for life, and our daily responsibilities. (If you haven’t read it, read it!)

For many, living out their dreams means getting a new job, making more money, or planning that dream vacation. It means building their empire, keeping all their stuff neat and tidy, getting bigger and better—at the same time, life moves forward very quickly and for some, chaotically. The more I get to know people who are really happy, I see one thing in common. They’re living out the “less is more” mindset, and instead of getting more “stuff,” they are finding contentment and purpose in experiences and intentional living.

Less of the rat race, more peace and mind, and purpose.

Experiences are where it’s at for me. That is where true joy lies.

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Last night we enjoyed a delicious meal on the back patio, this Sloppy Joes Recipe. A simple peach salad (super easy, and I can’t wait to make this for guests visiting us in a few weeks), and Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joe's

When is the last time you enjoyed a good Sloppy Joe?

Sloppy Joe's

I love my friend Ree’s recipe for Sloppy Joes. This time I added a fennel bulb (can you say, YUM?), and just kept the ingredients simple. It turned out DELISH!

And then Ree, with her sense of humor, adds that you can add a slice of cheese … “top with a slice of cheese if it makes your skirt fly up.” HA HA.

Love that lady.


More great recipes: Peach Mint Salad [RE], Peach Quinoa Salad [RE], Blueberry Watermelon Feta Mint Salad [Wears Many Hats], Blueberry and Apple Salad with Parmesan [Foodness Gracious].

Sloppy Joe's

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Servings: 8 -10


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large sweet onion diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper diced
  • 1 fennel bulb diced (optional)
  • 2-1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 3 tsp. chili powder season to taste
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Kaiser Rolls or small whole wheat buns


  • Add butter to a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat; add the onion, green pepper, and fennel. Cook for 5-7 minutes until tender. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Drain most of the fat and discard.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes, adding more salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toast buns. Spoon meat mixture over the rolls; optional to top with a slice of cheese.

Sloppy Joe's made with fresh vegetables, fennel, lean ground beef, and delicious spices - perfect for any season for casual entertaining at

7 comments on “Sloppy Joes Recipe”

  1. I love this recipe and wanted to make the peach salad that you mentioned with the sloppy joes but I can’t find it?  Have you posted it yet?

  2. Such a beautiful post Sandy! I always enjoy reading your little nuggets of truth! And those Sloppy Joes look perfect, I know my family would love them!

  3. These look really good; I will try them this week. Thank you

  4. Yum! There is nothing better than homemade sloppy joes. For years it was the requested birthday dinner for our youngest. I haven’t made them in awhile..might need to pull it out again.

    Over the last 4 years we have had changes that we had not imagined and it involved my hubby having to find a new job after 20+ years doing the same thing and the thing he loved. We were thankful for a job opening quickly and he has done well with it, but we are now making a decision for him to make a change within the same company that will be better for him mentally, emotionally and physically (stress affects health big time). It also means a pay drop, but we have decided we will do what is needed to make that work so that he can find peace within his job. I’m thankful for smart financial moves and the ability to live with won’t be easy, but it’s not worth more in the way of things, at the sacrifice of other things.

    Great post as always!

    • Thanks for sharing Kirstin. I always find it so inspirational when people make changes for the better, and are inspired on living on less. We’re still moving toward that … :)

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