Manwich Sloppy Joes are a perfectly tasty sandwich that everyone loves.

Super hearty, delicious dinners have never been easier! This recipe for homemade Sloppy Joes is all that and more!  Cook up a batch or two of these rich and meaty burgers that are perfect for game night, parties, and picnics! Everyone loves these juicy hot sandwiches, no matter how messy they are to eat. When it comes to sloppy joes, there’s nothing that quite compares to the delicious taste of Manwich sauce. Try this hearty meat sauce on Homemade Hamburger Buns for an unforgettable sandwich experience! 

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What is Manwich Sauce?

Manwich sauce is in a league all its own! Tomato-y, a little spicy and a little sweet, Manwich sauce is good on its own or as a mix-in for Sloppy Joes! 

Super Saucy Sloppy Joes

  • This homemade recipe allows you to get creative! Fun flavor profiles like bold BBQ, Bourbon, maple, and brown sugar would all be delicious.
  • Got a crowd coming over? Sloppy Joe’s are economical, keep warm in the Crockpot, and let everyone help themselves!
  • Even a meat-free Manwich sauce can be used as a sauce for dipping, or a marinade for the grill! It’s low-carb, gluten-free, and great for low calorie wraps and salad toppings!

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Ingredients and Variations

THE MEAT: Ground beef is part of the original Sloppy Joe ingredients, but this recipe is great for leftovers like shredded chicken, turkey, sliced sausages, even cubes of tofu!

THE VEGGIES: Onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers add savory flavor to Manwich sauce. This is also a great way to use up extra veggies like potatoes, corn, or even mushrooms for a boost of extra nutrition!

THE BUNS: Classic Sloppy Joes are served on hamburger buns for that perfect handheld serving. Sub sandwich rolls are soft like hamburger rolls but larger and more open-faced to scoop in extra toppings. Hot dog buns make great handheld Sloppy Joe’s for kids, & less mess!

TOPPINGS: Make a DIY Sloppy Joe Bar and set out small bowls with a variety of toppings like shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced black olives, or some Instant Pot Pickled Jalapenos, some chopped onions, a tangy Creamy Coleslaw, or a dollop of sour cream.

How to Make Manwich Sloppy Joes

Manwich sloppy joes are super easy to make:

  1. Sauté onion with ground beef.
  2. Add tomatoes, sauce, & peppers. Simmer until sauce is thickened.
  3. Butter & season buns and bake until lightly browned (per recipe below).

Serve sauce on buns with a side of your favorite salad and watch this recipe disappear. Yum! 

As a casserole:

  1. Line seasoned and baked buns in a casserole dish.
  2. Cover with cooked sauce, sprinkle on cheese or other desired toppings.
  3. Bake until the cheese is melted.

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How to Use Leftovers

Manwich sauce adds flavor to so much more than Sloppy Joes! Top chili dogs, baked potatoes, nachos, pasta dishes, even scrambled eggs! Manwich sauce makes all the difference between the ordinary vs the extraordinary in all kinds of recipes!

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Manwich Sloppy Joes

Manwich Sloppy Joes are easy to make & perfect for a crowd. These zesty, saucy sandwiches are great for a potluck, picnic, or backyard party!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 -6 servings
Author Candace


  • ½ small onion diced
  • 1 pound ground beef ¾-1 pound will work
  • ½ cup tomato diced (fresh or canned)
  • 10.5 ounces Manwich sauce 1 can
  • 2 bell pepper diced*
  • 4-6 hamburger buns
  • 2-3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1-1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • parsley for garnish, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Add onion and ground beef to large skillet or frying pan on medium high heat. Cook until meat is browned, breaking up with meat chopper (or wooden spoon), about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes, sauce, and peppers. Once it comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer (about medium low). Cook for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tomatoes and peppers are cooked and sauce is thickened. If sauce becomes too thick, add ¼ cup water and cook to desired thickness.
  • Meanwhile, butter open sides of buns and place on a baking tray. Sprinkle lightly with garlic powder and parsley if using. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  • Serve meat sauce over buns, open faced or like a burger.


*Use any combination of two yellow, orange, red, or green bell peppers
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 349 | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 64mg | Sodium: 570mg | Potassium: 471mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1677IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American

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I am a wife, mother of two, and professional accountant. I love fantastic food, and it is so often the center of our lives, from everyday dinner, to family gatherings, and special evenings at fabulous restaurants. I have always loved cooking and baking, with my mom and grandma, and now, with my daughter and son. I love trying new recipes while enjoying my favorites too. I’m so happy to share them with you.
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