Sloppy Joes… the real food way

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I’ve got to admit, we don’t make sloppy joes very often, but after this bad boy that’s all about to change.

I ran into one of those days where I simply didn’t have time to make what I had planned for the day.  When that happens, I usually end up frying some eggs, potatoes with veg for the family or making a tortilla espanola.

However, I remembered my friend Shanen Ebersole from Ebersole Cattle, Co. mentioning that she hadn’t seen any recent recipes on my blog using beef.

So, I decided to whip something up especially for her.

That’s right Shanen, this recipe is just for you and let me tell you, my kids devoured it.

I started to search the internet for sloppy joe recipes and couldn’t seem to find any that didn’t use ketchup.  So, I went about this all on my own.

I used fresh local tomatoes and peppers from the farmers market, homemade beef broth using Shanen’s nourishing bones from her grassfed cows, local raw honey to give it a bit of sweetness and to top it off… homemade buns that I had in the freezer.  The combination of sweet and savory were perfect and the flavors melded beautifully.

A completely nourishing sloppy joe that your family will enjoy.

Sloppy Joes… the real food way



  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 tbls tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth, preferably homemade
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbls apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbls soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbls chile powder
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


1. If using real tomatoes, reduce 5-6 large tomatoes to a sauce in a large skillet or pan.  Reserve 3/4 cup for recipe.

2. In a cast iron pan or skillet brown 1lb ground beef.

3. Add green peppers, onions and garlic. Saute with the beef for about 5-8 minutes and they begin to soften.

4. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, beef broth, honey, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, chile powder and ground mustard.  Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld and the mixture to thicken.

5. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve on a toasted bun.

I just can’t help this, however, just hearing the word sloppy joes always makes me think of one of my favorite all time sketches!  Buen Provecho!



30 Responses to "Sloppy Joes… the real food way"
  1. Jo Harrington says:


  2. My kids will be so happy :) This recipe sound delish and nutrish. I can’t bring myself to make the ketchup and brown sugar one for them, that they often ask for… Putting this on on the menu for a surprise and fast dinner. Thanks!

  3. Kim says:

    oh gosh!! yumm!! thank you!!


  5. Jason says:

    You…are…KILLING ME!

    Oh, to have a couple of those ‘joes and a tall, frosty beer…

    Might have to pack the kids off to Grandma’s (for some reason they don’t like sloppy joes of any sort) and make a batch of these for me and SWMBO.

  6. I love that these sloppy joes are made with real food. Something so rare when we think of sloppy joes. Normally hyped up with ketchup, bbq sauce and who knows what else. Great post.

  7. This looks so good! I haven’t had sloppy joe’s in forever! You have inspired me!

  8. I haven’t made sloppy joes since my kids were in school. I’d forgotten how good they are!

  9. Katherine says:

    Terrific! I had an eggplant from the garden I needed to use so I diced it up and threw it in, too. Awesome. :)

  10. Katherine Kelley says:

    I love your recipe. I use it as a go to. The only change is I throw in a bit of pineapple because I love the sweet savory combo.

  11. Thanks Katherine! I’ll have to try adding some pineapple next time 😀

  12. Katie says:

    Yum! Are you going to share your recipe for your homemade bun sometime?

  13. Maria Lourdes Cano Corso says:

    De que parte de Espana sois?? Yo de Santander.

  14. Stacey Lynn says:

    mmmmmm jealous!!!!!!

  15. Thank you for posting this recipe! I’m an American currently teaching English in Spain right now and was craving some sloppy joes, slop-sloppy joes 😛 but of course there’s no Manwich here. After some reading I realized canned Manwich is mainly sugar and water so your recipe here inspired me to make it healthier—from scratch. I didn’t follow it all the way but the ingredients made everything taste wonderful. Thanks!

  16. Sheree says:

    Is the soy sauce really necessary? Or is there a sub for it? I avoid soy.

    • Rachel says:

      You can use Coconut Aminos I would imagine. Its soy free, usually you can find it at health food stores. Not as salty though, so you might have to adjust for that :). I am definitely trying this recipe soon, myself!!

  17. Tina says:

    Is there a print option for this recipe? Can’t wait too try this!

  18. Ashley says:

    I just wanted to let you know that my whole family enjoyed this recipe. My husband requested sloppy joes for dinner tonight and I wasn’t about to feed my kids the junk in the traditional version. I googled and your blog came up. New follower!

  19. Terri says:

    Great recipe! I usually make sloppy joes with ketchup but ran out. So off to the internet for what to do. My family loves this recipe! Its loads better than my usual. I did not have enough fresh tomatoes or any sauce on hand so I used my canned tomatoes. Also I like to add a fine shred carrot. Thank you so much! Yum!

  20. Christy says:

    Gonna have to give this a go! My son has been requesting Sloppy Joes and I wasn’t sure how to do it since we’ve cut the junky stuff out. So excited to try this! Thank you!

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