Root Beer Sloppy Joes

by Erin

Making homemade sloppy Joes is almost as easy as opening a can of the premade stuff. With just a few ingredients you can have these on your table in no time!

Root Beer Sloppy Joes 1x

I am very excited to be a new member of The Secret Recipe Club! For my first assignment I had the honor of picking a recipe from Jenni at The Gingered Whisk. Browsing through all of her recipes I knew it was going to be a tough decision, because I had a ton of tabs open within a matter of minutes. But then I discovered that we have something in common – we are both obsessed with root beer! Immediately I knew I would have to make her root beer sloppy joes, the post in which she proclaims her love of such bubbly goodness. And she calls it pop, which is so refreshing to hear after living in Memphis for 4.5 years. Yay pop! (I miss you, upstate NY.)

Root Beer Sloppy Joes 2x

As I have said before, despite my love for root beer I have not played with it much in the kitchen. But after making pulled pork with my favorite pop, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind that a sloppy joe would be just as good. That being said, these put Manwich to shame! I made them a little spicy by adding 3 tablespoons of green chiles, but you can cut back or even add more depending on how much sizzle you like on your tongue.

Root Beer Sloppy Joes 3x

I served these for dinner while carving pumpkins with Katie and Leah, and they were a big success! Oh and we were also watching the Ohio State vs Wisconsin game which was absolutely AMAZING! I may have been screaming and jumping around a lot in between hacking into my pumpkin (when something I didn’t like happened). But my Buckeyes pulled it off for a big win. This season has been a roller coaster for sure but I am so excited to go back to Columbus for the Indiana game this weekend! Oh and Happy Halloween everyone!

Stay tuned for another root beer post soon, and this time it’ll be a dessert.

Post updated 3/8/18, picture above is the original.


Serves 4


1 Tbsp olive oil

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 lb ground sirloin

1-1/2 tsp chili powder

3/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup root beer

2/3 cup tomato sauce

3 Tbsp canned diced green chilies, optional

1-1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup minced scallions

4 potato rolls or hamburger buns

Granny Smith Apple Coleslaw, optional


  1. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and sauté 1 minute, just until fragrant. Add the beef and sauté, breaking up gently, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the chili powder, salt, and pepper. Add the root beer, tomato sauce, green chilies (if using), and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a lively simmer and cook about 15 minutes, stirring often, until thickened.
  3. Stir in the scallions. Pile onto rolls or buns. Serve topped with slaw is desired.

Source: The Gingered Whisk, originally from Parenting magazine.

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Vanderbilt Wife January 20, 2012 - 4:27 pm

That sounds amazing! I love sloppy joes of all kinds. Sounds look a good addition with the root beer.


Katrina January 20, 2012 - 4:21 pm

I made this for dinner the other night and it is SO good. I have never cared for sloppy joes much, but these were different and better that the usual! It was perfect with some homemade whole wheat buns!

spiffycookie January 20, 2012 - 4:30 pm

I am so glad they changed your mind about sloppy joes!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers January 18, 2012 - 10:51 am

Oh yum, this looks marvelous! What a yum, comforting meal, I haven’t had sloppy joe’s since I was a kid! I think this would make a wonderful dinner tonight!!

Katie @ Dip It In Chocolate November 8, 2011 - 2:13 pm

Normally I don’t get that excited about food that doesn’t have chocolate in it… but oh my! I want these now.

Kelly November 3, 2011 - 11:26 am

Oh my you had me at root beer! This looks amazing, what a great choice for SRC! :)

Renee - Kudos Kitchen November 1, 2011 - 11:22 am

This sounds so yummy! I’m going to try this recipe very soon. I’ll bet it will be a hit with my family too. Good choice for The Secret Recipe Club selection! BTW, Your blog header design is adorable. It would make an awesome trivet for your kitchen. I could paint one for you if you want. Visit my blog portfolio pages to see my painted tiles and glassware items if your interested :)

spiffycookie November 1, 2011 - 11:32 am

Oh my goodness I would love that! Could you put the words around the cookie instead of to the side? How much would it be?

Angie @ Bigbearswife November 1, 2011 - 10:37 am

never have a heard of Root Beer in sloppy joes! Sounds good tho!

Great Recipe for Group D’s Reveal Day for Secret Recipe Club!

betty October 31, 2011 - 11:03 pm

they look extremely goodm and those buns are the best!

Tina@flourtrader October 31, 2011 - 9:34 pm

This recipe does seem to have some good ingredients in it, looks much better than my old standby. I will need to try this-thanks for picking this one to share for SRC!

nicole October 31, 2011 - 9:12 pm

wow i would never think of putting root beer in with sloppy joes. cool

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits October 31, 2011 - 9:05 pm

Wow I would never think to add root beer to sloppy joes… I bet these were awesome! They certainly look delicious.

Kathleen October 31, 2011 - 6:03 pm

These look like my perfect comfort food! YUM

Carolyn October 31, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Ooo, wow, these look good! And aren’t you glad you joined the SRC? How fun is it? I adore it.

spiffycookie October 31, 2011 - 4:57 pm

I am! and am looking forward to much more.

San @ Obviously Cheddar October 31, 2011 - 2:52 pm

Oh, root beer in sloppy joes. The wife and I made some last week using cherry coke instead and she loved it. But root beer will have to be used next time we make it. Thanks for the idea!

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 31, 2011 - 2:03 pm

What a great idea for sloppy joes! And perfect for dinner tonight, before rushing off trick or treating!

spiffycookie October 31, 2011 - 2:17 pm

So quick and easy – one pan!

Michelle October 31, 2011 - 1:06 pm

Thats it! It’s lunch time! These look great!

cassie//bake your day October 31, 2011 - 12:15 pm

I absolutely love sloppy joes and this sounds like such a fun twist, love it!

Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 31, 2011 - 10:23 am

These sound sooooo good! What a great idea! Definitely need to try these!

Jamie October 31, 2011 - 10:09 am

I am going to make these for my son! His favorite pop and favorite meal combined, Crazy!

Jenni October 31, 2011 - 8:46 am

Yay Secret Recipe Club! I’m glad you enjoyed these, they are one of my family’s favorites!! And your blog is super cute!

spiffycookie October 31, 2011 - 8:48 am

Thank you! I have a few other things I found from your blog that I want to try :-)

BigFatBaker October 31, 2011 - 8:38 am

Oh my gosh… Root beer in a sloppy joe sounds like a wonderful experience. The added sugar makes this is perfect for Halloween :) Great SRC pick!!


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