The Best Canned Sloppy Joe Sauces

by StevenHelmer

Sloppy Joes are great for families that need something simple for dinner. Read to find out the three best canned sauces.

My wife and I both love to make home-cooked dinners. However, our hectic schedules do often prevent this (especially early in the week, when my wife needs to work later and our daughters have figure skating lessons) and, as a result of that, there are days when we have to focus on keeping things simple.

One of the ways we end up doing this is by, on occasion, picking up some hamburger (or ground pork) and making sloppy Joes. And, while we use a variety of different canned sauces for this (usually making the decision based on price) there are three sauces that have really stood out.

Hunt's Manwich

Hunts ManwichOK, to be fair, this brand might be a bit too obvious because it is one of the best-known brands out there. But, there’s a good reason for that, it’s a good sauce. In fact, I feel comfortable saying this brand is the one that sets the standard for sloppy Joe sauces.

One of the things I like best about this brand is it offers so much more than just a well-seasoned sauce. I love the fact this has chunks of vegetables inside it too, something that makes the finished product much better.

To tell you the truth, if it weren’t for price (which, again, is often a big part of the final decision because we are normally on a tight food budget), I’d probably buy this brand all the time. And, I certainly look for it when it’s on sale.

Hunt's, Manwich, Original, Sloppy Joe Sauce, 15.5oz Can (Pack of 6)

Hunt's, Manwich, Original, Sloppy Joe Sauce, 15.5oz Can (Pack of 6)

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Hunt's Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce, Original, 15 Ounce (Pack of 24)

Hunt's uses flash steam to peel our diced, whole, stewed, and crushed tomatoes—instead of chemicals like some other brands. But our natural steam peeling is only part of the sto...

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Our Family Brand

This is a brand that I actually didn’t care for when I first tried it and would still describe it as a product that is an acquired taste. However, if you give it a chance, you’ll find it is a reasonably-priced sloppy Joe mix that has a good flavor to it.

Our Family Sloppy Joe SauceIt does not offer the same chunky texture the Manwich brand does, which is why I would rank it lower. However, more often than not, it does win out in the price category. And, that, combined with the decent flavor, does usually result in this brand being purchased more often than the others. I would especially recommend this brand if you are planning on having a party and need to make a large quantity.

Dei Fratelli

Del Fratelli Sloppy Joe SauceThis is a brand I consider an in-between brand. Again, it isn’t as good as the Manwich brand. However, I do like the flavor of this sloppy Joe sauce better than the Our Family brand and most other brands for that matter because it has a fantastic blend of seasonings.

Typically, the Our Family brand wins out because of the price. But, I do, on occasion at least, find this particular brand on sale and, when I do, I normally pick this brand first. In fact, if it were even a little closer in price to the Our Family brand, this would likely be the one I would buy most often.

Sloppy Joe

Meet Sloppy Joe When it comes to being messy, Sloppy Joe is a pro! He slurps, spills, slouches, talks with his mouth full, and never, ever tucks in his shirt. But being messy ha...

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McCormick Sloppy Joe Seasoning, 1.31 Ounce (Pack of 12)

A tangy, sweet chili pepper seasoning mix developed to enhance the flavor of ground beef or turkey in the preparation of Sloppy Joes.

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Updated: 09/10/2015, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 03/04/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for practical information, pretty pictures and product lines.
You mention in your wizzley about reducing monthly grocery budgets that you substitute ground pork for ground beef whenever you can.

Which sauce would you use if you were making a ground-pork Sloppy Joe? Would it be the same or different for a ground-beef Sloppy Joe?

CountrySunshine on 10/10/2014

I am a big fan of the Manwich Sloppy Joe sauce. I used to buy it in powder form, and mix it with canned tomato sauce. I have not tried any other brand, so it's nice to hear your review of other kinds.

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