Friday, August 16, 2019

Vintage Recipe: Sloppy Joes

I'm digging into old recipe boxes and rediscovering the family favorites hidden inside! You'll find carefully handwritten recipe cards, newspapers and magazines clippings and even some hastily scrawled directions on scraps of paper, all from years (and years) ago! They're all getting scanned and transcribed so you can enjoy them in your own home kitchen. 

This recipe for Sloppy Joes is quick and easy to make on a weeknight when schedules are usually rushed and chaotic. I was intrigued by this recipe because usually sloppy joe recipes call for canned tomato sauce, tomato paste, or some other pre-made/canned ingredient. Aside from the Worcestershire sauce, this one does not.

The recipe was handwritten in beautiful script on an index card, mixed up in a modest collection of recipes (some dating back to the 1940s). It’s age is unknown. I've made some slight changes to the instructions to make them a little clearer.

View more recipes from this collection!

The original recipe has been scanned and is transcribed below. It can be printed for use in your own home kitchen. Enjoy!

Please Note: Every effort has been made to transcribe these old recipe cards completely and accurately. Many have faded, are stained, or simply do not include every step or tool used in the process. We have changed the wording in some places and added instruction in others to make the text a bit clearer. We do not test or verify all the information found on these old cards. If you choose use the information found here, please know that you do so at your own risk.
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Sloppy Joes


  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green Pepper, chopped
  • 2 Tbs. Oil
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Ground Beef
  • 1 Tomato, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 dash Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 8 Hamburger Buns


  1. Saute onion and green pepper in oil until onions are clear,
  2. Add ground beef and cook until browned.
  3. Add next 4 ingredients. Cover and cook over low heat 15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Serve over hamburger buns.
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