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Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes

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  • Author: Erin Jensen
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner/Entree
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Healthy Homemade Sloppy Joes – an insanely good recipe for Sloppy Joes made with simple, ingredients and the best toppings around!



Sloppy Joe Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee or olive oil
  • 12 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/21 green bell pepper, diced 
  • 1 pound County Natural Beef Butcher’s Blend Ground Beef
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce (omit for gluten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 


  • bun of your choice (gluten-free if needed)
  • slice of cheese (regular or dairy-free)
  • dijon mustard
  • burger pickles
  • pickled red onions


  1. Bring large cast iron skillet to medium-high heat. Add ghee or oil and swirl to coat the pan.
  2. Add garlic and move around the pan until fragrant, about 10-20 seconds. 
  3. Add onions and diced bell pepper.  Sauté for 2-3 minutes, allowing onions to soften. 
  4. Add ground beef to the pan. Move around the pan until beef is cooked through, about 5-10 minutes. Drain excess grease.
  5. Add dijon mustard, yellow mustard, ketchup, coconut sugar, soy sauce, kosher salt, pepper, tomato paste, chili powder, worstershire sauce and apple cider vinegar. 
  6. Stir to combine. 
  7. Taste and adjust: if you want more sloppy joes more “saucey” simply add additional ketchup and tomato paste.  Otherwise, adjust any salt or pepper, as desired. 
  8. Serving: take your bun and place a slice of cheese (dairy-free or regular) on the bottom. Then add a scoop of the Sloppy Joe mix. On top of that add a few burger pickles, some pickled onions and then a little extra dijon mustard.  Enjoy!!!


  • Toppings: don’t skip the toppings – seriously SO GOOD!!
  • Dairy-Free: to make this dairy-free simply use olive oil (instead of ghee) and opt for a dairy-free cheese slice (or simply omit).
  • Gluten-Free: use tamari instead of soy sauce, omit the worcestershire sauce and serve on a gluten-free bun.