Recipe: Real Food Sloppy Joes!

My poor daughter recently said to me, “Mom I keep reading all these books that talk about Sloppy Joes, and I’ve never had one before. Can you please make some so I can finally try it like everyone else??” Gosh, she is so deprived! Seriously though, if that’s her biggest problem this week I will gladly take it. Not to mention it was a “problem” easily solved with this recipe below. And just for the record both kids went back for seconds. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine did! :)

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Sloppy Joes
Serves: 4 to 5
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 1 rib celery, diced
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 pound ground beef (grass-fed recommended)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • A couple dashes of pepper
  • 1 15 ounce can plain tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1½ teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon, we prefer fresh. (Optional: This was the "secret" ingredient that reminded me of the Sloppy Joes from my childhood, but I realize it's out of the ordinary so decide for yourself if you like this addition!)
  • Toasted whole-wheat buns for serving (for sliders use small buns or dinner rolls!)
  1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and carrot and cook until they begin to soften but not brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef and garlic, and cook while breaking up the meat with a spatula. Season with the salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the meat has browned all the way through. Drain the excess fat and discard.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, honey, chili powder, vinegar, mustard, and cinnamon (if using) to the pan and simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with whole-wheat buns and some yummy vegetables on the side. Enjoy!
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  • Comments

    1. Nichole V |

      Myself and our four and two year old made this for dinner tonight. We substituted venison for beef and it turned out excellent. I added some fresh diced tomatoes simply because they needed eaten. It was a win… the husband and one year old loved it as well. I made your Asian Coleslaw as our side and it worked great.

    2. Liz S |

      My family absolutely loves this recipe! We skip the buns altogether and serve it on beds of shredded cabbage…yum! Thank you!

    3. Shannon |

      Could I make this in the slow cooker? If so, any recommendations on time or method? Thanks!

      • Sadie |

        I make this in the crock pot…I brown the ground beef, and throw all the ingredients into the crock pot, stir it up, and let it do it’s thing!

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