Hearty Sloppy Joes

These Sloppy Joes may be hearty but they are far from the traditional yucks that the cafeteria serves during lunch. This fresh take on a beloved childhood dish will bring you back in time but keep you from feeling crappy afterwards. These will make for a good lunch or dinner time meal. Plus, they are absolutely kid approved!

INGREDIENTS (8 servings)

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 can small red beans or pinto beans, preferably low sodium drained and rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 whole-wheat burger buns


  1. Brown the meat and the onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks.
  2. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeno, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes more.
  4. Place a half-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.


Fat Carbs Protein Calories

13 g

35 g

20 g