Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs Recipe


Homemade sloppy Joes are enlivened with a spicy, fruity cola for a sweet boost. You can also substitute homemade coleslaw for the store-bought with one of these easy recipes.

Total Time:
25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 medium-size red onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground round

  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste

  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup spicy, fruity cola soft drink (such as Dr Pepper)

  • 1/2 cup jarred sliced pepperoncini salad peppers

  • Ground red pepper

  • 8 hot dog buns or hoagie rolls

  • Store-bought coleslaw


  1. Sauté onion in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until onions are caramel colored.

  2. Add ground beef to skillet, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until meat crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.

  3. Return beef mixture to skillet. Stir in tomato paste and next 2 ingredients, and cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens and color darkens. Stir in cola and 1/2 cup water, and cook, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from heat, and stir in pepperoncini peppers; add salt and red pepper to taste.

  4. Serve beef mixture immediately on buns with coleslaw.

    Sloppy Cola Joe Dogs
    Our Test Kitchen couldn't get enough of these new sloppy joes enlivened with a splash of cola, which gives the ground beef a sweet boost that plays well off the filling's spices. Try these with traditional or split-top hot dog buns or hoagie rolls. Garnis. Melina Hammer
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