How to Make Homemade Sloppy Joes | A From Scratch Beef Recipe

There is the only way I have ever known to make Sloppy Joes from Scratch.

Can you imagine my shock and awe when I found out that you they tried to put this in a can? I love to be able to make from-scratch recipes when I can.

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I love combining our farm-raised ground beef, a few extra ingredients, and Rhodes Texas Rolls to make these scrumptious Sloppy Joe sandwiches from scratch.

How to Make Sloppy Joes from Scratch- the Video!

What if I have leftovers?

It may be possible to have Sloppy Joe mix leftovers. I usually end up transforming it into another recipe like a casserole (I recommend this Tex Mex Beef and Sweet Potato Skillet) , breakfast burritos, our homemade spaghetti sauce, tacos, or chili. It has all the basic ingredients to seamlessly fit into any beef-based recipe. We have even made Sloppy Joe grilled cheese sandwiches with these leftovers. You can make up a big batch of Sloppy Joe mix and it will go along way!

sloppy joe mix

What kind of buns do you use?

In the winter time I spend tons of time in the kitchen with my sourdough starter. We love making lots of homemade bread to help heat up the kitchen and save us time and money-by not having to run 30 minutes to a grocery store.

The other 3 seasons of the year, when the rubber hits the road, there is very little time in the kitchen and yet. Sometimes we have to prepare meals for upwards of a 20-person field crew. So the time spent in the kitchen has to be efficient! I rely on Rhodes Frozen Bread dough to help me maintain fresh buns for my sloppy joes and our other field meals.

frozen texas rolls

I grew up on Rhodes frozen Texas Rolls and they are the best way to combine fresh and hot in the same meal.

Sometimes I make an extra pan of them because the kids–eh ehm. I mean, all of us will crowd around the oven waiting for a fresh pan of rolls to come out of the oven! They are delectable and come out perfect nearly every time!

texas roll from Rhodes

How to make Rhodes Texas Rolls

Take a package of Rhodes Texas Rolls out of the freezer. I will typically drop by bag of rolls on the floor to help separate the individually frozen buns. Spray a 9×13″ pan and add 12 frozen rolls.

How to Raise these Rolls

Cover with a flour sack towel and allow to rise naturally for 3-5 hours or if you are in a bit of a hurry, you can start your oven at the lowest temp. Mine goes down to 200°.

frozen bread dough

Baking the Rolls

I will place them in the warm oven for about 1.5 hours or so. I also try to limit the amount of jumping in the kitchen that occurs during the dough-raising time. Once they are done raising I will crank up my oven to 350° and bake them for 15 minutes or so. (All the baking instructions can be found on the back of the packaging too.)

rhodes texas roll recipes

I love that I can rely on these frozen roll from Rhodes to be my side-kick during our busy planting and harvesting seasons here on the farm.

rhodes rolls

Once I know I’ve got fresh buns just waiting to be made in the freezer that I’ve got time to start on my from-scratch Sloppy Joes!

sloppy joe ingredients

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Sloppy Joes from Scratch

This quick recipe will have you ramping up your sloppy joe game!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main Course


  • 1 lb Ground Beef- browned
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 can Chicken Gumbo Soup
  • ½ Chopped Onion Optional
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2-3 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 c Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Yellow Mustard
  • 3 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Brown 1 lb of burger/onion, add paprika, salt, pepper, onion powder and brown sugar.
  • Add lemon juice, mustard, ketchup, chicken gumbo soup
  • Simmer for 10-15 minutes

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