Main Course Recipes for Two

Sloppy Joes (Recipes for Two)

May 18, 2017

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Who doesn’t love sloppy joes? They make a perfect casual meal or can be a great simple meal for family gatherings, or when you have a group get-together. But most recipes for sloppy joes really can feed a family…or small army!

My mom used to make them for casual dinners as well as for when we had family and friends come together for laid-back events. Of course, back in the day she usually used canned pre-made sauce to make them. But that sauce always makes me feel pretty yucky! And that’s why I decided to make a homemade version! I love the taste too! Always so yummy!

I really love this smaller version of this recipe. It makes sloppy joes more accessible for singles or couples, without having to make a large batch. It makes me so happy!

I actually got this recipe from my brother and my sister-in-law. Their version did not include the green pepper, because my sister-in-law is allergic to peppers. I converted it and made it a little healthier.

I don’t really eat buns anymore, but you can! Find a good sprouted or gluten-free bun. Sometimes I will eat this in a lettuce leaf….or my guilty pleasure is to dip organic corn tortilla chips into it….yum!!! It is perfect when warmed up as leftovers too!

Without a bun, this recipe is both gluten and grain-free. Find the option that works best for you!

Sloppy Joes (Recipes for Two)

My classic, homemade Sloppy Joe made in a smaller batch that is perfect for 1-2 people.
Servings 2 people


  • 1 pound ground beef grass fed preferred
  • 1/3 cup onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tsp Sucanat turbinado sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced finely
  • 1 tsp mustard powder or prepared mustard
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • Brown ground beef, garlic, onion and green pepper in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Once beef is browned, remove from heat and drain any excess fluid.
  • Add water, sugar, mustard, ketchup and salt and mix well.
  • Return to stove top and allow to simmer on low for 15-20 minutes. If sauce becomes too thick, add an additional 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup of water to thin.

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