Sloppy Joe Dogs

Hot dogs are a summer staple around here, and the more ways I can find to serve them up, the better!  We love sloppy joes, so when I saw this recipe from Taste of Home, I couldn't wait to give it a try.  The only change I made was to use red bell pepper instead of green.

I actually made the topping ahead and split it into a few batches.  Some I stashed in the freezer, and the rest I kept in the fridge. This made the meal come together super quickly. I just reheated the sloppy joe mixture in a disposable pan on the grill while I cooked the hot dogs.

In this house, hot dogs are always served on New England style buns. I've even shipped them to friends across the country that can't get them because I feel bad they're missing out.   I'm so excited to see that Karen is sharing a recipe for homemade ones this week! I spread softened butter on each side of the roll and grill them until they are golden brown.

These are so good, the best of two great dishes on one plate! Thank you to Kimberly W. for sharing her recipe. Check out all the other great #HotDogDay recipes being shared by the #FestiveFoodies using the links below.  Thanks to Christie for hosting!

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Sloppy Joe Dogs
2 pounds ground beef
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 can condensed tomato soup (10-3/4 ounces) undiluted
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
16 hot dogs
16 hot dog buns, split
Warmed process cheese sauce and grilled onions, optional

In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, celery, green pepper and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato soup, brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt and garlic powder; heat through.

Grill hot dogs, covered, over medium heat for 6-10 minutes or until heated through, turning occasionally. Serve on buns. Top each with 1/4 cup beef mixture. Top with warmed process cheese sauce and grilled onions if desired.


Here’s some more #HotDogDay recipes!

Beer Braised Hot Dogs and Sauerkraut by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Bison Dogs with Drunken Onions by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Homemade Hot Dog Buns & Chili Dogs by Amy's Cooking Adventures
New England Hot Dog Buns by Karen's Kitchen Stories
Pretzel Dog Bites by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Sloppy Joe Dogs by Jolene's Recipe Journal
Southwestern Hot Dogs by The Freshman Cook


  1. I had never even heard of New England Hot Dog Buns until I read Karen's post. Your sloppy dogs sound amazing.

  2. New England buns are new to me, too. Hoping over to Karen's post next. I will never forget how much my older son loved Sloppy Joe's when he was in preschool...and he could NEVER remember their name. "Messy Jacks?!" he called them once. That name stuck in our house.

  3. Thanks so much for the mention! These sloppy Joe hot dogs look delicious, and that fact that you can get the buns readily makes me very jealous. I love the buttered and grilled sides!

    1. I didn't even realize that there were any other kind of buns until I was in college and my out of state roommates had never seen one LOL


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