Homemade Sloppy Joes

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Yep, it’s better then the canned version!

I think every kid loves Sloppy Joes.  And since adults are just big kids, most adults love them too!  Alex has been asking for me to create a “clean” version for a while now, so here it is.  No, it does not taste exactly like the stuff in the can.  It tastes better!  No crappy or questionable ingredients and you can adjust the seasoning to your liking.  Yes, they are sloppy and I sang this song to myself while cooking – Sloppy Joe Song!

Homemade Sloppy Joes


  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion, finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large or 2 small green peppers, finely diced
  • 1-2 Tablespoons tallow, butter, ghee, or coconut oil
  • 2 pounds of grass-fed ground beef
  • 15 ounce can of tomato sauce (I used Trader Joe’s brand because it is organic, BPA free, and the ingredients are clean – nothing too funky in there.  If you do not have access to TJ’s, I would sub in pureed tomatoes and then adjust the sea salt to your liking.)
  • 6 ounce can of tomato paste (Again, used TJ’s brand.  Any brand you like will do.)
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1-2 Tablespoons raw, local honey (optional)
  • Romaine lettuce or cabbage leaves for serving (optional)

What to do:

Melt the fat in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add in the veggies (onion, garlic, and green pepper).  Saute for about 5 minutes until just starting to soften.  Add in the ground beef and break it up with a spoon, cooking until it is no longer pink.  If the meat has given off a lot of liquid, drain most of it (otherwise your sloppy joes will be a little TOO sloppy).  Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, spices, and salt to the meat mixture, stirring well to combine.  Continue to cook for 5 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.  If you desire the slightly sweet flavor of the sloppy joes from a can, you can remove the meat from the heat and stir in some honey.  We did one Tablespoon and found it to be perfect!  I ate mine in a Romaine lettuce leaf and Alex went for the spoon and bowl.  Your choice – enjoy!!

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