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Look no further for what to serve with Sloppy Joes! In this list of more than 22 side dishes for Sloppy Joes there is something for everyone: veggies, potatoes, bread, beans and more - from healthy to indulgent and everything in between.
Growing up, a Sloppy Joe sandwich was a rare treat for me.
It's definitely not a thing in Sweden, but whenever we travelled to the US Dad and I would ditch Mom one day, and head to Arby's. There we'd devour a Sloppy Joe or two covered in tomato sauce with extra barbecue sauce, and that was about it until we returned the year after.
As an adult, I still have them far too seldom. But let's change that, shall we? With amazing ground beef versions and equally delicious vegetarian versions like my friend Katie's Lentil Sloppy Joes I really don't have an excuse anymore.
Not to mention the list of some of my favorite side dishes that you'll find below... all quick and easy to make, of course!
Potato side dishes like fries are a classic for Sloppy Joes. Check out the options below for a few classics, as well as a few new versions.
Fries these days come in all shapes and sizes and I've yet to find a version that doesn't go great with Sloppy Joes. From the classic choice of French fries to sweet potato fries and waffle fries, they're some of the best sides for your meal.
Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes with Cinnamon
Softer than fries, more baked than fried - and deliciously seasoned with just a little bit of salt and cinnamon. These Air Fryer Sweet Potatoes are definitely worth the time!
Air Fryer Potato Wedges
These Air Fryer Potato Wedges are crispy on the outside - and perfectly baked on the inside. The best wedge you'll ever have - seasoned with just a tiny bit of salt and olive oil.
Fried Potato Salad with Bacon
Potatoes fried in bacon fat can't go wrong - especially not if it's served with bacon and you still get to call it a salad!
The best Mashed Potatoes are made without milk - just add extra butter for the creamiest mashed potatos ever.
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
These roasted potatoes are super easy to make and lightly seasoned with olive oil, garlic, fresh herbs and sea salt. A perfect side that allows your Joe's to shine!
Garlicky Smashed Potatoes
If you've got a bit more time these Garlicky Smashed Potatoes are a must to try! So delicious with garlic, butter and Parmesan cheese, and sure to turn your Sloppy Joe dinner into a feast.
Loaded Mashed Potatoes
Sides don't get much more indulgent than this! Mashed potatoes are loaded with cheese, bacon and sour cream for the ultimate comfort food experience.
Another classic side for Sloppy Joes - and this version of Air Fryer Tater Tots is 100% homemade. Quick to make when starting with boiled potatoes, and seasoned to perfection.
A pasta salad is a great side when you want to serve Sloppy Joes for a crowd - and make it a complete meal. Below are multiple versions, depending on which flavor profile you're after.
Dill Pickles Pasta Salad
Combine 2 classic Sloppy Joe sides in one with this Dill Pickle Pasta Salad. Creamy pasta combines with dill pickle juice to create the perfect side dish.
Ranch Pasta Salad
Ranch flavors are what makes this pasta salad stand out - and makes it the perfect side for any bbq type dish.
Mac and Cheese
This simple Macaroni and Cheese is the best version of this dish you'll ever make. And so easy too - just dump and bake.
Beans are another classic side for Sloppy Joes, and possible to vary in so many ways. While baked beans do take a while to make it's mostly waiting time, while the beans are baking themselves.
Barbecue Baked Beans
These baked beans are so flavor packed you'll want to have them as a side for anything - and they're easy to make, you can even use canned beans!
Boston Baked Beans
These sweet & savory baked beans are a true comfort food. Molasses and Worcestershire sauce add loads of depth, and bacon takes it all to the next level.
Sure, you can buy amazing Tortilla Chips - but it's so much more fun making them yourself! And once you find out how easy it is, there's really no going back.
Making potato chips at home is also so much easier than you think. It takes some time, but a lot of it is just waiting.
For some the hamburger buns are enough, but I love some extra bread to soak up all that amazing sauce.
Flaky biscuits go great with any BBQ type dish. These cheddar cheese biscuits are no exception!
Cornbread is another must to serve with Sloppy Joes. This version uses almond flour to make it gluten free!
Adding some veggies to your Sloppy Joes is a great move. Have your comfort food, and make it healthier too!
There's something about crisp and earthy green beans that pairs so well with Sloppy Joes. A great choice for adding some healthiness to your meal!
Change it up with cauliflower instead of cabbage in your coleslaw. This fresh and pretty light coleslaw version has a nice kick from Dijon mustard.
Cheesy corn is a delicious side, and the creaminess goes great with Sloppy Joes. A great alternative to corn on the cob!
Which recipe are you most excited to try? Let me know in the comments below and share what you're making on Instagram with the tag #alwaysusebutter!