Homemade Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix

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Homemade sloppy joe mix can me made quickly and easily at home with just a few simple ingredients. A delicious spice mix for you to use to make a dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Bowl of sloppy joe mix spices


Sloppy Joe Mix

Making your own homemade sloppy joe mix is as easy as looking in your spice cabinet. Just a few common spices are needed to make your own sandwiches without the needing a canned mix.

Ground beef and sloppy joe mix in a skillet

Spices for Sloppy Joe Mix

  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder
  • Dry Mustard
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Brown Sugar
  • Minced Onion
  • Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Homemade sloppy joes in a skillet

How to Make Sloppy Joe Seasoning

  • Mix the spices together in a small bowl.
  • Brown ground beef, turkey, or chicken in a large skillet.
  • Add a can of tomato sauce, beef broth and the sloppy joe spice mix.
  • Stir to combine and let simmer for 10-15 minutes before serving.

How to store Sloppy Joe Seasoning

Store the spice mixture in an airtight container or jar with a lid. Keep in a cool, dry place like a pantry or spice cabinet.

How to serve Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

There are so many good side dishes to serve with sloppy joes. Here are a few favorites:

You can also use the sloppy joe meat mixture as a taco filling, mixed with pasta, or on slider rolls.

Sloppy Joe Seasoning Mix Recipe FAQs

Is Manwich the same as sloppy joe?

Manwich is a canned sloppy joe sauce made by Hunt’s.

What’s the difference between a sloppy Joe and a sloppy Jane?

A sloppy Joe is typically made using ground beef. A sloppy Jane uses ground turkey.

How do you jazz up sloppy joes?

A few ways to spice up your sloppy joes is to cook diced onion and bell pepper with the ground beef. Try adding in a splash of hot sauce to the mixture for extra heat. You can also add toppings like slaw or cheese.

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4.85 from 13 votes

Homemade Sloppy Joe Seasoning

By Heather
Sloppy Joe Mix – All the spices you need to make your own sloppy joes.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


Dry Mix

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Sloppy Joe

  • 1 lb lean ground beef, turkey or chicken
  • 1 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth


  • For the spice blend, mix all of the spices together in a small bowl.
  • To make sloppy joes, cook ground meat in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook until browned. 
  • Add tomato sauce, beef broth and spice mixture. Stir together to mix. 
  • Lower heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes. 


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 555mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 2050IU | Vitamin C: 0.9mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    We tend to not like spicy so I halved the chili powder. My 12-year-old just said, ”I think this actually my favorite kind!”
    It was a big hit in our family, so thank you!

  2. 3 stars
    It was okay. Kind of spicy. I like the sweeter packet sloppy joe mixes at the grocery store better. Not thick enough either. Too runny.