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!



Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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