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Smoky Joe - A delicious twist on a classic Sloppy Joe sandwich - but with the wonderful addition of smoked paprika! Hearty comfort food at it's best!

This post is sponsored by McCormick Gourmet. All opinions are 100% mine.

Cooler fall temperatures are definitely here to stay, and we’re turning to hearty comfort foods that warm us up! Today’s Smoky Joe recipe definitely fits the bill!

Our Smoky Joe is a delicious twist on the classic ‘sloppy joe’ sandwich – with a wonderful, deep smoky flavor thanks to McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika! This family-friendly meal cooks up in just minutes, and both kids and grown-ups will love this dish!

Smoky Joe - A delicious twist on a classic Sloppy Joe sandwich - but with the wonderful addition of smoked paprika! Hearty comfort food at it's best!

We first made a flavorful ground beef mixture that also included sautéed onions, green and red bell pepper, shredded carrots, finely diced celery and garlic. Then we smothered it in a tomato-based sauce that was flavored with McCormick Gourmet Smoked Paprika, Chili Powder, Mediterranean Oregano and Ground Mustard plus a few other ingredients! Just spoon your Smoky Joe onto a soft roll – and dinner is ready!

McCormick Gourmet offers three different types of gourmet paprika including their classic Paprika, their Hot Hungarian Paprika (we used that in this recipe), and of course the Smoked Paprika we used in today’s recipe!

Smoky Joe - A delicious twist on a classic Sloppy Joe sandwich - but with the wonderful addition of smoked paprika! Hearty comfort food at it's best!

Paprika is a wonderfully versatile seasoning! It can be used as an in-recipe seasoning like we did in our Smoky Joe recipe today – and it’s also delicious in this Hungarian Chicken Paprikash recipe.  And, paprika is also a perfect festive and flavorful garnish – so be sure to add any (or all) of these spices to your collection!

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Smoky Joe - A Family Feast

Smoky Joe

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings



  1. In a large skillet or cast iron pan, sauté the ground beef over medium heat until cooked. Remove from heat and pour into a strainer catching liquid. Let the fat rise to the top of the liquid, reserve just one tablespoon of the fat and all of the liquid. The liquid that the beef gives off will be used later along with the one tablespoon of fat.
  2. In the same pan over medium heat, add the olive oil, onions, both peppers, carrot and celery and sauté four minutes. Add garlic and sauté for one more minute. Add tomato paste and cook for another minute.
  3. Add all other ingredients including cooked beef, reserved liquid and fat. Stir to combine.
  4. Cook over medium heat for 10-15 minutes to incorporate flavors, stirring often. Add more water as needed. Remove from heat and serve in bulkie or kaiser rolls, or your favorite burger roll.

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  • Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) wrote:

    I adore the flavor of smoked paprika and can’t wait to try it in Sloppy Joes. Thanks for a great idea.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Lea Ann – we hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Nutmeg Nanny wrote:

    Smoked paprika goes into almost everything in my house!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic wrote:

    Smoked paprika is one of my favorite spices. I just love the smoky flavor it gives to a dish. I bet smoky joes would be delicious!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Kirsten!

  • Angie | Big Bear’s Wife wrote:

    Smoked paprika is one of my favorite spices! This will be perfect for dinner this weekend!

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy it Angie!

  • christine wrote:

    We love sloppy joe’s over here. I like the idea of mixng it up with the smoky paprika. Thanks for the idea.

    • Martha wrote:

      You’re welcome Christine! Thank you for visiting today!

  • Lana@NeverEnoughThyme wrote:

    I picked up a bottle of McCormick’s smoked paprika at the grocery store a few weeks and hadn’t yet figured out just what to use it with. Now I know! I can’t think of a more comforting Fall season meal than Sloppy Joes and then to add in a smoky flavor – wow!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Lana!

  • Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes wrote:

    MMM I love the spices here – especially the smoked paprika! Great recipe!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Ashley!

  • The Food Hunter wrote:

    So many great spices

    • Martha wrote:

      I agree! 🙂

  • Amanda @The Kitcheneer wrote:

    We used to have sloppy joes when I was growing up weekly! I love your take on this classic! And yes, seasoning is a definite game changer!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Marjory @ Dinner-Mom wrote:

    Seasonings make all the difference! Love this updated version of sloppy joes.

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Marjory! I agree – seasonings DO make all the difference!

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