What do you get when you mix ground beef, onion, bell peppers, Worcestershire sauce, ketchup or tomato sauce, and spices on a sandwich bun?
Are you also thinking about sloppy joes?
Sloppy joes have been truly enjoyed by many since their creation in the 1950s, and the young ones are at the helm of their top consumers.
Sloppy joes are also easy to put together and inexpensive, making it a go-to sandwich to serve during dinner time.
If you love them, then you’re invited to my next sloppy joe party!
Honestly, I’m obsessed with it.
Every bite of this moist, meaty, and hearty sandwich makes me feel like I’m riding a time machine, transporting me back to my childhood.
Though sloppy joes are tastier when consumed alone, pairing them with the right side items can level up your sandwich eating experience.
Now you might be wondering what goes well with sloppy joes; there’s a lot, really, and you’re unlocking some of them today!
From macaroni salad to potato chips, here are some of my favorite side dishes that complement with sloppy joes.
When it comes to sides, I always opt for this Hawaiian macaroni salad.
It’s creamy enough to gel well with the savory flavor of the sandwich.
Aside from being an ideal candidate for a sloppy joe side, this salad is great to serve for a hot summer BBQ party or holiday get-together.
2. Pasta salad
This creamy pasta salad is one of those sides to go with. It’s light, simple to put together, and has a pretty dominant ranch flavor that you can’t resist.
I love pasta salad.
My obsession with this recipe led me to create variations such as spiral pasta, peas and carrots, chopped tomatoes, bacon (Oh-la-la!), and cheese.
When I’m thinking about other tasty sides, this no-mayo Carolina coleslaw is always on my mind.
It features a sweet and tangy profile that complements well with the rich flavor of sloppy joes.
It also bonds quite spectacularly with your favorite sirloin steak or any of your BBQ favorites.
If you’re looking for a side to spice up your picnic favorites or to complete your sloppy joe meal, this coleslaw is for you!
What’s unique about this version is its Italian touch and the absence of rice, too. However, it tastes just like the classic recipe!
It mixes lean ground beef, bell peppers, tomato sauce, seasoning, mozzarella cheese, and polenta, causing a burst of flavor to the overall dish.
They’re also delicious when paired with sauteed spinach, tangy apple carrot slaw, smoky, blackened broccoli, fresh ginger green beans, or even your childhood favorite sandwich, sloppy joes!
If you’re still wondering about what goes with sloppy joes, then this fifth recipe might be the one you’re looking for.
These sweet potato fries are so crispy – thanks to the magic of air fryers. Feel free to add spices and herbs for additional flavor too.
There’s nothing quite like the taste of freshly grilled sweet corn on a hot summer afternoon.
Even though it’s one of the favorites to serve in a backyard party, this dish is also a great candidate to partner with sloppy joes.
Whether it’s grilled or boiled, the corn’s crunchy texture and sweet flavor can blend perfectly with sloppy joes.
Learn how to cook corn on the cob using three simple methods.
7. Tater tots
The secret behind the addicting taste of these tater tots is the paprika.
It’s incredible how it combines well with the potatoes and other ingredients.
The presence of black pepper to the mixture also adds both heat and depth of flavor to the overall dish.
Like french fries, tater tots are delicious when dipped in a sauce such as a ranch, garlic aioli, or BBQ sauce.
They’re a great bet to pair with your sloppy joes too!
8. Baked beans
If you haven’t tried eating sloppy joes with baked beans, you’re missing out big time!
Baked beans are a hearty dish that’s enjoyed at backyard parties, family gatherings, and potluck.
It features a sweet and spicy flavor profile coming from brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce,
and dry mustard.
The recipe will never be complete with bacon slices and pork and beans soaked in tomato sauce.
9. Macaroni and cheese
You’ll never see a leftover of sloppy joes at the table when you serve this classic macaroni and cheese on its side.
This childhood classic is so tasty and gets a major flavor boost from cheddar cheese. Also, the recipe is pretty simple to make.
10. Potato chips
The lightness and crispness of potato chips combine perfectly with the softness of the sloppy joes.
It’s also more enjoyable when served with dipping sauces on its side.
Making them is simple too.
All you need is peel the potatoes, slice them, soak them in water to rinse away starches, fry it, then put a dash of your favorite seasoning
11. Caesar salad
This version of Caesar salad is egg– and anchovy-free, yet it’s as tasty as the traditional one.
The recipe doesn’t require you to have a blender, which is a piece of good news.
It would be best if you had a suitable mixing bowl and whisk.
It’s creamy, rich, and tangy enough to make you fall in love with each bite.
There are endless options for this Caesar recipe, you can add chopped crip bacon, grilled chicken
chunks, radishes, and oh…tomatoes!
Check out this recipe and serve them with your sloppy joes now.
12. Onion Rings
Crunchy golden onion rings are gorgeous and fun to eat.
This recipe is for beer-battered onion rings and it includes a recipe for a lime mayo sauce.
The recipe requires 10 minutes of prep time and 5 minutes of cook time.
Considering how quick this is to put together and cook, you got this and it will be a real delight.
If you are looking for the perfect sides for sloppy joes then give this recipe a try.
Blackened broccoli is a great way to work in some veggies.
To cook this sloppy joe side dish you need broccoli, garlic cloves, olive oil, sesame oil, and a few spices.
Yes, there are a few ingredients involved but it only takes 10 minutes to cook.
14. Kale Salad
Kale is such a versatile and hearty leafy green.
This is why it stands up as a fantastic side dish for sloppy joes.
You will get so many Mediterranean flavors packed into a salad using this recipe.
It includes chickpeas, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, sunflower seeds, tahini, sunflower seeds, and spices.
15. Fruit Salad
A creamy fruit salad is a refreshing side dish.
It combines the perfect mixture of sweet and creamy, which makes it a lovely complement to your next sloppy joe dinner.
Prep your fruit and then combine it with some Greek yogurt. It will only take you about 5 minutes to put this one together.
It is a true delight!
16. Baked Potato
Air fryers and baked potatoes are best friends.
We love to cook baked potatoes to go with sloppy joes and then load them up with all of the best-baked potato toppings.
You can quickly prep your potatoes, oil them and salt them.
Then let them bake in the air fryer while you prepare the rest of your meal.
17. Wedge Salad
There is something about a classic wedge salad that just makes people smile.
It is such a simple side dish to prepare but it is fun to eat and tasty.
This recipe features iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, chives, and blue cheese dressing.
Is there anything more festive than a salad that you can eat with tortilla chips?
This Green Goddess Salad has become a HUGE hit on Tik Tok of all things.
In total it will only take you 10 minutes to create.
You will need green cabbage, cucumbers, green onions, baby spinach, fresh basil, shallots, and
several other ingredients.
The good news is that while it requires quite a few ingredients, it is easy to put together.
So create a shopping list, run to the grocery store and then enjoy every bite.
The bottom line
There are indeed other side dishes for sloppy joes that can take you back to the good old days.
They’re just waiting for you out there and ready to be unlocked!
Please keep in mind the golden rule of picking the right sides for sloppy joes: choose a dish that’s not too fatty, oily, and starchy to avoid overpowering the sandwich.
- Hawaiian macaroni salad
- Pasta salad
- Carolina coleslaw
- Stuffed peppers
- Sweet potato fries
- Corn on the cob
- Tater tots
- Baked beans
- Macaroni and cheese
- Potato chips
- Caesar salad
- Onion Rings
- Blackened Broccoli
- Kale Salad
- Fruit Salad
- Baked Potato
- Wedge Salad
- Green Goddess Salad
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