Bayou Sloppy Joes

It doesn’t take much to kick up a normal ole Sloppy Joe dish and make it something special. Add some bold Bayou-inspired flavors, take a bite, and you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t make this a lot sooner. And there’s no reason to be shy with the hot sauce, either. I usually make a double batch of these Bayou Sloppy Joes and freeze some for later. It’s perfect for a quick lunch.
Bayou Sloppy JoesIf you aren’t a big fan of hot sauce, just substitute a few splashes of Worcestershire sauce. No harm, no foul!

Also try my Philly cheesesteak Sloppy Joes and my crazy-easy slow cooker Sloppy Joes!

Bayou Sloppy Joes

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Mike


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup sweet onion diced
  • 1 cup green bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun-style hot sauce I used Louisiana hot sauce, plus more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Buns toasted if desired


  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over high heat.
  • Drain any excess fat.
  • Add all of the remaining ingredients except for the buns. Stir.
  • Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and let simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in more hot sauce as desired.
  • Serve on buns.

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