Tasty Sloppy Joe—An Update on a Classic

Friday, October 16, 2020


Healthier Sloppy Joe

There is nothing better than a Sloppy Joe when you are ready for a simple meal that can accommodate a few or many. This recipe is one that is also mindful of your pocketbook.  It has the classic flavor of a Sloppy Joe yet has been updated to be more health-balanced. Try it out and see what you think!


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • ½ yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stock
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 hamburger buns, split and toasted



  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, bell pepper, celery, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables are softened, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add ground beef to skillet. Breaking up meat with your spoon. Cook until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes.
  3. Stir tomato sauce and next four ingredients into beef mixture in skillet. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes.
  4. Spoon onto buns and serve immediately.

Sloppy Joe Recipe Makeover
Nutritional Information
Servings: 4. Calories per serving: 404. Fat 13g; Sodium 917mg; Carbohydrate 35.2g; Fiber 8g; Protein 41.8g

To make it a meal: add a handful of carrot sticks and a piece of fruit, like an apple cut into sections. Or for a dinner try baked fries and a simple tossed green salad

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