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What to Serve with Sloppy Joes

Need easy sides for a classic Sloppy Joe sandwich? Serve your sandwiches hot and fresh with 25 of the best sides when you can’t decide what to serve with Sloppy Joes.

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What to Serve with Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are an easy-to-make American comfort food made with simple ingredients. And if you’re wondering what to serve with Sloppy Joes to complete your meal – get ready to up your cooking game with these delicious sides.

Vegetable Side Dishes

1. Homemade Coleslaw

Homemade Coleslaw ready to be served.

Our homemade coleslaw incorporates cabbage, carrots, mint, cilantro, scallions, and an umami-rich dressing for coleslaw you’ll want to serve with everything!

2. Carrot Fries

Make tasty carrot fries in the oven or air fryer for an easy, delicious side dish! And there are many seasoning options to turn the simple vegetable into a crave-worthy side. Try our Slap Ya Mama Seasoning recipe!

3. Air Fryer Zucchini and Squash

You will love easy air fryer zucchini and squash! By preparing summer squash in the air fryer, they come out perfectly roasted—tender and lightly golden. These healthy veggies are a great addition to summer meals, and they’re ready in 15 minutes! 

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4. Vinegar Coleslaw

Tangy, sweet, and crunchy – homemade Carolina vinegar coleslaw is a perfect side dish for savory main entrees like sloppy Joes.

5. English Pea Salad

A close up of a bowl of English Pea Salad.
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Old-fashioned English pea salad is simple and easy to make. With fresh peas, crunchy vegetables, and a creamy dressing, this colorful salad may become your new favorite side.

6. Corn on the Cob

Few things are as satisfying as buttery corn on the cob, and all you need is to know how to make it; let’s take a look at how to cook corn on the cob on the stovetop, grill, microwave, and in the oven. 

7. Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed cauliflower and sloppy Joe sandwiches are a match made in heaven! The creamy cauliflower is an excellent way to balance the tanginess of a Sloppy Joe.

8. Roasted Zucchini

Roasted zucchini is ready to eat in 20 minutes, about the same time it takes to prepare the filling for a Sloppy Joe; it sounds like a perfect side dish if you’re asking me.

Potato Side Dishes

9. Southern Potato Salad

A close up of Southern potato salad with a hard boiled egg.

Old-fashioned Southern potato salad consists of fork-tender potatoes dressed in a creamy sauce made with mayonnaise and mustard, then seasoned to perfection. And if you prefer something lighter, try our healthy potato salad recipe with full-fat yogurt. 

10. Roasted Potatoes

Make perfectly seasoned and irresistibly crispy roasted potatoes in the oven. These versatile potatoes go with anything from beef ribs to Sloppy Joes.

11. Sweet Potato Fries

Cooking frozen sweet potato fries in the air fryer is one way to make crispy restaurant-quality french fries at home; the healthy sweet potato fries finish in 12 minutes, so they’re perfect for a quick and easy entree like Sloppy Joes.

12. Oven Baked Sesame Fries

For a perfect golden brown, generously sprinkle oven-baked sesame fries with sesame seeds before baking.

13. Air Fryer Red Potatoes

These Greek lemon air fryer red potatoes (red skin potatoes) are an effortless side dish to pair with chicken, steak, and you guessed it, Sloppy Joes!

14. Potato Chips

A baking sheet of freshly cooked potato chips.
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Homemade pan-fried potato chips are easy to make at home, and since chips are a classic pairing for Sloppy Joe’s, this easy side dish is an excellent way to impress your guests.

15. Air Fryer Home Fries

While air fryer home fries often go by the name breakfast potatoes, these restaurant-quality potatoes are a great side dish or appetizer.

16. Sweet Potato Shoestring Fries

With just twenty minutes of preparation, transform a couple of plain sweet potatoes into a tasty and nutritious snack or an effortless side dish for dinner that everyone will enjoy.

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Classic Sides for Sloppy Joes

17. Deviled Eggs without Vinegar

A close up plate of deviled eggs without vinegar.

Our deviled eggs without vinegar are a perfect appetizer for gatherings and get-togethers like birthdays, barbecues, or picnics.

18. Baked Beans with Hamburger

Sweet, savory, and smokey – homemade baked beans with hamburger are an easy and satisfying side when you don’t know what to serve with Sloppy Joes.

19. Fruit Salad

Easy fruit salad with fresh fruit is tossed in a sweet citrus dressing for a light and delicious side dish.

20. Pasta Salad

A serving bowl of gluten free pasta salad.

Enjoy our fresh take on gluten-free pasta salad made with greens! The mouth-watering pasta salad is the perfect side dish with any meal, including piping hot Sloppy Joes.

21. Egg Salad

Combine hard-boiled eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika, to make a creamy egg salad with pickles.

Salad Side Dishes

22. Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

Avocado cucumber tomato salad in a serving bowl.

Loaded with fresh herbs, juicy tomato, crisp cucumber, and creamy avocado – olive oil and lime finish our avocado cucumber tomato salad for a perfect side dish or light meal.

23. Pressgurka

Still processing what to serve with Sloppy Joes? Pressgurka is a quick pickled salad that is the perfect combination of sweet and sour.

24. Vegetable Chopped Salad

Eating vegetables is effortless with vegetable chopped salad. Finely cut cabbage, kale, carrots, and radishes are the base for this salad recipe, but get creative and make it your own. And our sherry shallot dressing is the best way to finish the salad!

25. Cucumber Carrot Salad

Refreshing cucumber and carrot salad cuts through the richness of the Sloppy Joes for a delicious and satisfying meal.

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What is the Best Way to Serve Sloppy Joes?

Once the Sloppy Joe filling is piping hot, spoon the beef mixture onto a sesame seed bun, buttery Texas toast, or soft Hawaiian rolls (like the ones we use to make our brisket sliders). Then, elevate your sandwich with a few delicious toppings.

Upgrade boring Sloppy Joes by piling them high with pickle slices, tangy coleslaw, pickled red onion, crispy bacon, a thick tomato slice, fried egg, cheese slice, or BBQ sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I serve with sandwiches besides chips?

If you’re still trying to figure out What to Serve with Sloppy Joes, there are plenty of options! While classic sides like potato chips or french fries are a good choice, don’t limit yourself.

• If you’re looking for a refreshing side, seasonal fresh fruit such as berries, melon, oranges, grapes, pineapple, or apple slices can be a great option.

• Tangy dill pickles or pickled onions like sumac onions provide a nice tangy crunch. 

• Pair your sandwich with piping hot soup like chicken noodles, tomato, or Instant Pot potato soup.

• Slice colorful vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. Serve them with a side of hummus or ranch dressing.

What’s the difference between a Sloppy Joe and a sloppy Jane?

A Sloppy Jane is a Sloppy Joe made with ground turkey instead of ground beef.

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