Texas Roadhouse Sloppy Joes

Yield:  8 Servings

2 Lbs. Ground Chuck

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1 Cup Diced Sweet Onions

1 Cup Grated Carrots (Optional)

½ Teaspoon Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt

3 Cups Ketchup

½ Cup Water

2-3 Tablespoons Ale Mustard

3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar

¼ Cup Brown Sugar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tablespoons Texas Roadhouse Seasoning

1 Tablespoon Heartland Seasoning

Salt and Pepper to Taste

8 Whole Grain Buns

We hesitate to share this recipe with you because it is made with – of all things - ketchup! It might very well be the only recipe we will ever share with you that includes ketchup. We call these ‘vintage’ sloppy joes because this recipe has been with us for more than 50 years. It was created by a post-WWII housewife, raising her family on a limited budget during the 1950s. She prepared these sloppy joes every time her kids had a get together, and then passed the recipe on to them, who did the same. Those kids have now passed the recipe on to their own children, and the tradition of sloppy joes for family gatherings continues. We’ve changed the original recipe a little to make it more appealing to the adults who have joined the crowd. And yet, the kids keep coming back for more!


Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan placed over medium high heat. Add chuck, onions, carrots (if using), and salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until meat has browned.


Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Lower heat to medium and cook, stirring frequently, for 45-50 minutes until the mixture has thickened and the flavors have developed fully. Test seasonings and add salt, pepper, and seasoning blend if needed.  Serve on warm buns.

MorningStar Kitchen Seasonings Featured in this Recipe
Click on images below to learn more about seasonings in this recipe
Hawaiian Alaea
Sea Salt
Harvested from Hawaii's
clay-lined salt ponds, this
salt is ideal for Home Chefs who want to distinguish themselves. It locks in the moisture and flavor of grilled and roasted meats; and its robust earthy and sweet flavors make it perfect for brines, rubs, marinades, and more. 
Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt from MorningStar Kitchen
Texas Roadhouse
Central Texas is famous for
it roadhouses, where the
specialty is hearty meats,
seasoned with spice rubs and smoked for hours. The flavors are savory and sweet at the same time. And always distinctly Texan! Our Roadhouse blend is a tribute to that tradition. It's great on ribs and briskets. Potatoes and corn, too!
Texas Roadhouse Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Not only does this special
blend make it easier than ever
to create comfort foods; it also makes those foods more delectable! Try it on roasts; in meat loafs, pot pies, stews, and soups; and toss it into potatoes and root vegetables before serving. 
Heartland Seasoning from MorningStar Kitchen
Sometimes nothing will satisfy you quite like a good bowl of soup and sandwich. We love those times around MorningStar Kitchen!
If  your family loves those "soup and sandwich suppers," 
 check out some of our other
casual recipes like  our 
Heartland Beef Sliders with Onion Jam
Heartland Beef Sliders with Onion Jam Recipe by MorningStar Kitchen