Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix Recipe

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Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix Recipe

Summer is a time of picnics and cookouts and what better meal to enjoy outside than a messy Sloppy Joe? Sloppy Joes are a great frugal meal to make since the most expensive part of the meal is the hamburger, which is stretched out in the meal by the sauce. Buns can be homemade from a delicious Homemade Hamburger Bun recipe and there you have it! A fun, frugal picnic meal.


Sloppy Joe Sauce is easy enough to make but can be made even faster when you start with a pre-made mix. The mix can be made with a few basic pantry staples and can be stored in an air tight container or jar in your pantry for 6 months to a year, so you have plenty of time to use it! You might just want to make a big batch of this mix before summer gets too busy so you have it on hand and ready to go.


Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix Recipe

What You Need:

  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Cornstarch (or another starch like Potato Starch)
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chili Powder (optional)

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until well blended. Store in an air tight jar or container until ready to use. This recipe makes enough for one batch of Sloppy Joes, you can make a larger batch using the ingredients below.

You might notice that my version does not include Chili Powder…most recipes will include chili powder in the seasoning for Sloppy Joes, however I happen to be allergic so we leave it out. It tastes just fine either way!

Big Batch Sloppy Joe Seasoning

  • 3 Tablespoons Minced Onion
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • 1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 3/4 teaspoon Chili Powder

Blend all ingredients together. Use 2 Tablespoons and 1 teaspoon of mix per recipe. This bulk recipe will make 3 batches of Sloppy Joes.


Now when you are ready to make your actual Sloppy Joes, here’s what you need to do!

What You Need:

  • 1 pound Hamburger
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix (enough for one recipe)
  • Hamburger Buns

Start by browning the hamburger in a large skillet or frying pan. Once all of the pink has been cooked out, add in the tomato sauce, water, and Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix. Stir and simmer the mixture for a few minutes until heated through. Serve on fresh hamburger buns. Easy and quick!

Does your family enjoy Sloppy Joes for a picnic meal in the summertime?


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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe. My family loves sloppy joes, but I have always made it with a store bought mix. It never occurred to me that I could make my own! And that seems so silly to me now because I make so much of our food from scratch and from what I grow myself. Not anymore!

  2. If you were to add chili powder, how much would you suggest? Perhaps a teaspoonful? Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  3. Hi Merissa:
    I have sure enjoyed your blog and your home remodel (it is ALWAYS fun to see how others tackle those projects!) I noticed in your post about potatoes that you mentioned you had a better cold storage plan for this year….could you/have you shared that? We have a “cold” room that doesn’t seem to be cold enough…I am always looking for ways to improve that. And thanks for the sloppy joe mix recipe, I will definitely have to give that a try! Blessings from Nebraska!

    1. Hi Sheree, we are lucky enough to have an old basement in our house and the temps in it are similar to a cave so it stays pretty temperate year round. The area I will be using for cold storage this year has concrete walls on 3 sides and we will be building wooden shelves in it for storage. I think I will try and get some pictures and do a blog post when we have it done. 🙂

  4. You might want to try my recipe. Brown hamburger, season to taste (could use your spice mix here). Add ketchup, worchestershire sauce, and sweet relish (to taste – amounts can vary on any of these three ingredients). Heat and ladle onto buns.

  5. Hi, I have been following your blog for quite some time now. I know that this is an older post but I had saved it. I went to make it because I remembered it but I notice that you are probably using all dry ingredients in your mix. The only minced Garlic that I am familiar with is refrigerated. Are you using a different kind of minced garlic? I have recently started dehydrating here at home, nothing high tech. Maybe I can make my own? Here in South Texas it gets very humid so keeping garlic cloves on hand can be difficult to say the least when you don’t have a controlled pantry. I thank you for your time and information, I love your posts!

    1. Hi Jennifer, I use a dry minced garlic that I buy in bulk from my coop. If you can’t find dried minced garlic you could use dried garlic granules or garlic powder, you would just use about half of the amount of minced garlic.

  6. This is funny. I was just thinking less than a week ago that I would like to try doing Sloppy Joe’s from scratch and wondered what ingredients I would need. Serendipity!

    Thanks, Merissa!

  7. Thanks for this recipe! I’m an American living in Germany, where stores don’t carry most of the pre-made mixes that I grew up with. I’ve discovered over the years that it’s cheaper and healthier to find ways to make mixes myself rather than to fill my suitcase with groceries every time I visit the States. This recipe is going on my list! God bless you and your family in all of the adventures you’re having!

  8. Thank you for this recipe! We used to be able to buy this mix in bulk from an Amish country
    co-op in Wisconsin. Too far to go now.
    Our old recipe indicated tomato “paste”. You show tomato “sauce”. Without already trying it, would it be reasonable to substitute tomato paste and and equal amount of water to this recipe?

    Thanks, Marc