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This Mississippi sloppy Joe recipe makes the most deliciously rich, buttery, and flavorful sandwiches ever! They’re simple to make and super satisfying with a tangy quality.

You may also like my Mississippi Chicken or Sloppy Joe Casserole next.

a plate with a mississippi sloppy joe sandwich

Why you’ll love it

I had a lightbulb moment when I combined my reader favorite Mississippi Pot Roast and Easy Sloppy Joes. You’ve got the tangy, savory flavors of the pepperoncini, ranch, and au jus paired with inexpensive ground beef and the irresistibly messy quality of sloppy Joes.

These sloppy Joe sandwiches are just SO good. I like to serve them on golden toasted brioche buns. There’s enough of a kick to make these sandwiches interesting but keep them a family-friendly option. They’re especially tasty topped with cooling, creamy coleslaw!

What you’ll need

  • Ground beef – we’re using lean
  • Onion – I like sweet (Vidalia) onions
  • Butter – there’s plenty here to keep the sandwiches moist and rich
  • Seasoning – the classic “Mississippi” seasoning includes garlic powder and packets of au jus and ranch seasoning
  • Pepperoncini – these peppers aren’t what I’d call spicy, but they do have bold, tangy flavor. We’re using the juices as well.
  • Beef broth – we’re using low sodium. It packs in even more savory flavor and moisture.
ingredients for mississippi sloppy joes in prep bowls

Helpful tips

  • Try to let the onions and beef get nicely browned — it adds more flavor! Don’t stir it too often in step 1, and this will help.
  • Can’t find sliced pepperoncini peppers? Buy a jar of whole ones and cut them up.

How to make Mississippi sloppy Joes

This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

sauteing onions and ground beef in a skillet and adding mississippi seasonings and butter

In a skillet, sauté the ground beef and onions until browned and softened. Drain any excess fat. Add in the butter, seasonings, pepperoncini peppers, pepperoncini juice, and broth.

mississippi ground beef in a skillet and toasting brioche buns to make sandwiches

Let it cook for a few more minutes until the sauce thickens up, stirring often, without it getting dry. Toast the buns with olive oil in a skillet, and top as desired. I love my Best Coleslaw.

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Substitutions and variations

  • You could get away with using a bit less butter if needed, but the original recipe is quite buttery as well.
  • This recipe is fairly salty, so if you need to control the salt content a bit more, try making a homemade ranch seasoning.
  • You could try making this with ground turkey or ground chicken or ground pork.
  • This recipe has a bit of kick, so if making it for kids, you may want to use fewer peppers if they’re sensitive to spice.

What to serve with Mississippi sloppy Joes

  • I like to serve these in toasted brioche buns (regular burger buns work too) with some of my Homemade Coleslaw and sweet pickles on the side. I put some mayo on the bun when I’m not serving it with coleslaw.
  • If you want to add some cheese to this, you could try. Cheddar, Monterey Jack, or any good melting cheese would work.
  • Want a salad on the side? Try my Homemade Ranch Dressing and spring mix.

Leftovers and storage

  • Leftovers of the Mississippi beef mixture will keep 3-4 days in an airtight container.
  • Reheat on the stove in a covered saucepan or in your microwave.
  • You can freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.
a skillet with mississippi ground beef and a spoon

If you made these Mississippi-style sloppy Joes, please leave a star rating and review below! I love reading reader comments. You can also tag me on Instagram.

a plate with a mississippi sloppy joe sandwich
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Mississippi Sloppy Joes

This Mississippi sloppy Joe recipe makes the most deliciously rich, buttery, and flavorful sandwiches ever! They're simple to make and super satisfying with a tangy quality.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter see note
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon ranch seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon au jus seasoning
  • 1/2 cup sliced pepperoncini peppers
  • 1/4 cup juice from pepperoncini peppers jar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium beef broth
  • Coleslaw for serving (optional)
  • For serving: buns, mayo, sweet pickles optional, to taste


  • Add the ground beef and onions to a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté until browned and the onions have softened (about 8-10 minutes). Spoon out any excess fat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium. Stir in the butter, garlic powder, ranch seasoning, au jus seasoning, pepperoncini peppers, pepperoncini juice, and beef broth. Let it cook for another 3-5 minutes or so, stirring often, until the sauce thickens up to your liking (don't let it get too dry).
  • Serve as desired in toasted buns. To toast the insides of the buns, heat a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat, then add the buns and watch them closely until the insides have browned nicely (you'll need to do this in batches).


  • You could get away with using less butter if you really need to, but keep in mind the original roast is very rich and buttery, and if you’re serving these in buns/bread, the butter helps make it less dry and adds more flavor. It also helps keep leftovers moist. Use UNSALTED butter.
  • As written, the recipe does have a little kick, so if you need them to be more mild for kids, use fewer pepperoncini peppers and/or serve with coleslaw so the creamy dressing helps mellow it all out.
  • Recipe serves 4-6 depending on how much you stuff the sandwiches.
  • Nutrition info is just for the Sloppy Joe mix itself (no buns/toppings) and will vary from brand-to-brand depending on what ingredients you use, so keep in mind it’s just a rough estimate.


Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 101mg, Sodium: 520mg, Potassium: 520mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 408IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 3mg

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

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  1. Lori says:

    New family favorite! I used 2 lb of Impossible burger instead of hamburger and my carnivore kid didn’t have a clue!!

    1. Natasha says:

      Haha love it!

  2. Andrea says:

    5 stars
    Easy for a weeknight meal and my husband who is not a sloppy Joe fan loved these!

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s awesome!! Thanks for your review, Andrea!

  3. beth says:

    5 stars
    I’m a fan of sloppy joes, but I’ve never had Mississippi ones before. I really liked these – they had a nice kick to them. I’m excited to have them again and will try them with ground turkey too.

    1. Natasha says:

      That’s great!! 😀 Thanks for your review!

  4. Micki says:

    5 stars
    10 out of 10! Super yummy! Extra easy to prep and cook!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled you enjoyed them, Micki!! 😀 Thanks so much for your review!