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Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Happy National Sloppy Joe Day! I love sloppy joes and have ever since my mom introduced me to the Manwich in the 70s. I really loved that sandwich and we ate a lot of them in our day. Now, my husband and I are watching the amount of sugar and the amount of fat in our diet, so we created a new and healthier version of the sloppy joe.


First, we added some hidden vegetables. We love the flavor and the bulk the vegetables add to the meat. We use this same trick on our meatloaf and meatballs. All are amazing and delicious! The tomato sauce, along with the carrots, provides enough sweetness that we totally love. We also serve it open-faced on good wheat bread and cut it with a knife and fork.

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Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

Yield: 6
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 20 MTotal time: 25 M
A healthier version of a homemade favorite!


  • 1 and 1/3  lbs 93% lean ground beef sirloin
  • 1 tbsp Chicago steak seasoning
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 oz mushrooms, minced
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste


How to cook Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

  1. 1.  Fine chop all veggies and set aside.
  2. 2.  Cook hamburger with steak seasoning, breaking up meat into small pieces.
  3. 3.  Add veggies and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Add rest of ingredients and cook, stirring to combine.
  5. 5.  Cover, reduce heat to low and cook an additional five minutes.
  6. 6.  Serve over toasted hamburger buns, a square of cornbread, over noodles or rice.


You can substitute ground turkey for the beef with no adjustments. For lower sodium, use a low sodium all purpose seasoning mix.
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  1. I love getting all these "healthefied" versions of my favorite recipes from your blog Terri.

  2. I love the added veggies- even more than extra healthy that's a ton of added flavor!

  3. I'll have to try these out for sure! We always enjoy sloppy joes for dinner and it's been a while since I've made them. I like that this is a healthy version!

  4. I don't think I've ever had sloppy joes. This would be fun to make for the family.

  5. My husband have always loved sloppy joes, but I've never tried preparing it here at home. Thank you for the recipe. -LYNNDEE

  6. Sloppy Joes are one of my favorite dinners! It's easy and everyone likes it in my family!

  7. Sloppy Joe’s was a weekly staple in my home growing up. Looking forward to giving your recipe a trial, as well as some of the others.

  8. my kids are great fans of sloppy joes- ill have to try this healthier version!

  9. It has been so long since I have had a sloppy joe sandwich. I’ll have to give this recipe a try as I love having healthier alternatives of traditional recipes.


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