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Sloppy Joes

April 2, 2017

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I was really craving Sloppy Joes today and so decided to make some….whole food style!

My family always loved making Sloppy Joes when we would get together on the weekend. They are pretty simple to make and taste amazing. And it’s easy to pair them with some chips or homemade potato salad for an easy meal. And when getting the whole family together, easy is always a good goal!

I got a recipe that my brother and sister-in-law have been using for a while and really love. And I tweaked it so that it is as whole food as you can get. This has a sauce that is a little bit sweet.  But you can cut down on the sweetener if you choose (I actually prefer a little sweeter sauce).

This is great topping some sprouted buns or dipped in tortilla chips (a personal favorite way of mine to eat sloppy joes!) I use homemade ketchup for this recipe and it works really well, but any organic ketchup is just fine too.

This recipe is naturally gluten-free, and if you choose a gluten-free bun (or tortilla chips) it can stay that way! Keep it grain-free by serving it in a lettuce wrap!

Sloppy Joes

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 4 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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