Sloppy Joe Recipe

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This delicious Sloppy Joe recipe is family-friendly, made with ground beef and some hidden minced veggies – great for those picky eaters!

Sloppy Joe Recipe
Sloppy Joe Recipe

I always have ground beef in my freezer, and one of the ground beef recipes I make all the time is this Sloppy Joe recipe. We love to serve it on potato rolls but I have also served it over baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes and roasted spaghetti squash. I used lean ground sirloin and minced up some carrot, mushroom, bell pepper and onion for flavor and bulk. I mince them in the food processor so no one notices the veggies. For a slightly different on Sloppy Joes you may also like this Sloppy Joe Baked Sweet Potato which is also gluten free or Crock Pot Italian Sloppy Joes.

Sloppy Joe Recipe

How To Make Sloppy Joes

I adapted this recipe from Rachel Ray’s Sloppy Joe recipe, which was a great place to start, as it was rated five stars with rave reviews. To make it a bit lighter I use lean ground beef and minced up veggies. Instead of brown sugar I used minced carrot for a little natural sweetness.


Using lean ground beef sirloin, veggies, and a flavorful sauce, this dish is sure to create a satisfying and filling meal. Here are the key ingredients you’ll need to make healthier Sloppy Joes:

  • Lean ground beef sirloin: Using lean beef sirloin helps to reduce the fat content of this dish without sacrificing flavor or protein. You can also use 93% lean ground turkey, if you prefer.
  • Steak seasoning or seasoned salt: This adds flavor and a bit of seasoning to the beef.
  • Vegetables: carrot, red bell pepper, mushrooms, onion and garlic all minced small.
  • Vinegar: Red wine vinegar adds a tangy flavor to the dish.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Worcestershire sauce adds a tangy and slightly sweet flavor to the dish,
  • Tomato sauce: Canned tomato sauce serves as the base for the sauce that gives this dish its signature “sloppy” texture. It’s low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene.
  • Tomato paste: Tomato paste adds richness and depth of flavor to the sauce.

How to Eat a Sloppy Joe

The nutritional info for this sloppy joe filling is just for the meat. Below are some ideas for serving them.

  • Sandwich – Serve on a hamburger buns, whole wheat roll or potato roll, which is my family’s favorite way to eat them. Just make sure to have plenty of napkins on hand!
  • Sliders – If you’re feeding kids, use slider buns for a smaller sandwich.
  • Over Veggies – Make it gluten-free and serve it over baked potatoesbaked sweet potatoes, or roasted spaghetti squash.
  • Sides – serve them with a green salad, veggie sticks or baked potato chips.

How to Freeze Sloppy Joes

The meat will last in the fridge for up to four days and in the freezer for three months. To freeze, store in single-serving airtight containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.


  • Swap the ground sirloin for ground turkey or bison.
  • If you don’t like mushrooms, feel free to skip them and add more bell pepper or carrot or grated zucchini. You really can’t taste them, though!
  • If you don’t have steak seasoning, you can add garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • To make it spicy, add some red pepper flakes to the beef.

Sloppy Joe on a bun

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Sloppy Joe Recipe

4.79 from 76 votes
This healthy Sloppy Joe recipe is family-friendly, made with ground sirloin beef and some minced veggies – great for those picky eaters!
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Sloppy Joe Recipe
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Yield: 7 servings
Serving Size: 1 /2 cup



  • Chop all the vegetables really fine, using a chopper or food processor.
    food processor veggies
  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the meat to the pan and break it up as it cooks.
  • Season with steak seasoning and cook the meat until it browns.
  • Add onion, garlic, carrots, mushrooms and red peppers to the skillet.
    Sloppy Joe meat with veggies
  • Reduce heat to medium and add red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, cook 5 more minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce and paste to pan, stir to combine. Cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  • Using a measuring cup, pile 1/2 cup of sloppy meat onto toasted buns.

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Refrigerate – The meat will last in the fridge for up to 4 days and in the freezer for 3 months.
To freeze, store in single-serving containers. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave.
To Serve, place 1/2 cup meat on whole wheat roll or potato roll, over baked potatoesbaked sweet potatoes, or roasted spaghetti squash.


Serving: 1 /2 cup, Calories: 122 kcal, Carbohydrates: 9.9 g, Protein: 13.7 g, Fat: 3.7 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 31.5 mg, Sodium: 470 mg, Fiber: 2.1 g, Sugar: 5 g


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312 comments on “Sloppy Joe Recipe”

  1. This is a good way to get your veggies in your meal. It doesn’t taste much like the stuff you make with the package but that’s likely good because it’s healthier! I will freeze the leftovers for a quick meal in the future.

  2. One of my family’s favorite recipes! I love adding zucchini and mushrooms to bulk up the meat and hide veggies. Husband, 3 and 1 y/o approved. Thanks again Gina!

  3. This was fantastic! Husband had no idea all those veggies were in there. The flavor was so rich. Thanks again Gina!

  4. Family loved this! 9yo and 11yo approved. And great way to get a bunch of veggies in with ingredients we tend to have on hand. Also such a great comfort meal to kick off the cooler temps. Thanks!

  5. Wow, this recipe is FLAWLESS. So so good. Definitely going to keep this one on rotation- thanks, Gina!!!

  6. Made this for new mom and family.
    It was a huge hit with the 21 month old.
    I doubled it to freeze some.

  7. This was another really wonderful recipe! We really enjoyed it. I substituted ground turkey and it was still yummy.
    One interesting note, I doubled it and 4 cups of tomato sauce made it a bit too soupy. Had to let it reduce. (Didn’t use the recipe doubler provided. That probably would have helped!)

  8. Love the “secret” veggies in this! It’s was flavorful and my husband (who hates veggies) even liked it!

  9. Great recipe! It tastes better than the canned stuff I ate as a kid, and I love all the hidden veggies. Delicious over a baked potato instead of a bun. 😋

  10. Wonderful! My family didn’t notice the veggies at all, and I liked the flavor more than traditional sloppy joes. Froze the leftovers and they heated up nicely for another meal.

  11. My husband dreaded hearing I would be cooking healthier meals but after this one he said he never knew eating healthier could taste so good! Didn’t even taste the veggies!

  12. Can we change the color of the pepper? Since there’s some stomach issues with the red pepper in our family?

  13. Forget about the canned sloppy joes sauce. Leave all the sugar & unnatural natural flavors behind. This is delicious! You can hide any veggies you have in there with the carrots. My only advice is if you are making this for a family of young adults, be sure to double the recipe or everyone will be looking for more. Another winner!

  14. We made this for dinner tonight. I left out the vinegar because my wife hates vinegar. My wife loved the dish! We will definitely have it again

  15. very tasty! I doubled the recipe and used ground turkey. Used a bit less tomato sauce and also added a bit of crushed red pepper, along with some additional chopped fresh peppers.

  16. Delicious! Made this regular version along with a vegetarian version for my daughter. Traded out the beef for the non beef crumbles. It was a hit with everyone.

  17. Loved this recipe and honestly almost every recipe of yours I have tried! Thank you for making healthy eating taste so good!!

  18. These are great to make ahead and keep warm in the slow cooker to serve. Loaded with veggies and so fast with the chopper. But serve them in HOT DOG BUNS. A restaurant we grew up near always served them this way and called them grub burgers. It’s easier to keep the meat in the bun. 👍

  19. This was the best sloppy Joe I have ever had, I will never buy canned sloppy Joe again…………

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      Tricia Kaiser

      Hubby asked for canned manwich for dinner tonight, he came home to Turkey Sloppy Joes! I use ground turkey for a healthier dinner. Like you, I will never buy the can again. This is a repeat in our house. Everyone loves it.

  20. Made this for tonight’s dinner and my 14 year old grandson had no idea how much veggies there was in it and he LOVED it! Will definitely make it again.

  21. I enjoy this and make a couple modifications. I just dice the veggies and cook before the meat, no carrots for me. I use ground chicken, and I add a little brown sugar which makes it more sloppy Joe like. Yummy!

  22. I think the carrot flavor just threw me off. It wasn’t the worse taste thing ever, but I think leaving out the carrots would make these better.

  23. Oh wow!  Made this today because I was trying to get back on track.  This is so much better than my old system of canned Sloppy Joe.  This was easy to make and very   tasteful.  I can’t wait to use the leftovers up later.  

  24. Probably a dumb question, BUT by “tomato sauce” do you mean jar of spaghetti sauce,.like Prego or Ragu?

  25. I put this into butter lettuce for sloppy Joe wraps for lunch and it was delicious!! Keeper for sure! 

  26. These were delicious!
    I never liked sloppy joes growing up but this recipe was a real hit. My husband and 5 year old enjoyed them too.
    More nutritious than classic sloppy joe recipes, and more satisfying with the increased fiber from the vegetables.
    Will made these again!

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    Sarah Lenders

    How would I make this in the crock pot? I’m thinking it would be easier for feeding a large group.

  28. I really liked this recipe, my only feedback was they were a little too sloppy lol. Completely made the bottom bun soggy after 1 minute. I would make again but with 1 cup of tomato sauce and had the extra to taste.

  29. Talking about a quick dinner and good! Loaded with mushrooms, carrots,  red peppers and onions! Great quick weeknight meal!  We put it over sweet potatoes and it was a hit! My daughter, who doesn’t like mushrooms, couldn’t even tell they were in there. 
    Definitely a thumbs up dinner. Serve it with a salad and dinner is ready! The hardest part of this recipe is limiting yourself to a 1/2 cup of the sloppy Joe mixture!:)

  30. Delicious! Comes together really fast. Served over rice. Savory and satisfying. Love connecting your recipes immediately to my ww pp!

  31. I’ve been making this for awhile and love it! I use 93% FF ground turkey and let the moisture cook out so it’s not too soggy to pick up and eat. Also, the buns I use are only big enough for 1/3 cup of the mixture, so I get 10 servings out of the recipe.

  32. Loved the recipe! Thank you for sharing this! Personally I’m in favour of salty and sour flavours. I found some ingredients on  Tesco, and few from 

    Let me know if you have fav place, like local shops!

  33. This has been a longtime favorite in our house. So delicious and good on anything! When I worked in a place that had a traditional cafeteria I would top my salad with this (:

  34. This recipe is a keeper! I subbed in turkey for the ground beef and added a tablespoon of brown sugar. One bite and I was transported back to my 1970s childhood kitchen! My whole family enjoyed their sloppy joes on gluten free toasted rolls. Thanks for another great recipe! 

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    Christine Flanagan

    This recipe is a keeper! I subbed in turkey for the ground beef and added a tablespoon of brown sugar. One bite and I was transported back to my 1970s childhood kitchen! My whole family enjoyed their sloppy joes on gluten free toasted rolls. Thanks for another great recipe! 

  36. Love the sloppy joes baked sweet potato recipe and this looks similar so I definitely need to try it. The fact that these aren’t made with ketchup and a bunch of sugar is the selling point! I love that the carrot and red pepper adds a bit of sweetness. My kids have been asking to try sloppy joes and this would be the only recipe I’ll make for them. The added veggies is quite the bonus!!!

  37. This is always a favorite at my house! I always double or triple the recipe and freeze for quick weeknight meals. I love all the hidden veggies… my kids don’t even know they are there. 

  38. I made this recipe for my family last night, and it was SO GOOD! I’m not a huge fan of condiments, so things with Ketchup & Mustard in it is just icky to me. I loved that this had real ingredients in it and NO SUGAR! The hidden veggies are great. I took the meat mix and mixed it with some egg noodles for my 21 month old and he LOVED it! This is a new family favorite!

  39. We added a tablespoon of mustard at the end and it tastes just like the sloppy joes my mom used to make! Thanks for this veggie forward version!

  40. I normally adore skinny taste recipes, but this one missed the Mark. It definitely doesn’t compare to the classic recipe. I followed exactly as stated and the salt flavor came through strong, so I’d recommend lessening. This recipe is very savory with all of the vegetables coming through. Maybe just needs a tinge of sweetness.  

  41. I have used this recipe for YEARS & my family loves it! Any chance you have instructions for the instant pot? It’s baseball season it would be perfect for practice nights.

  42. This will definitely be on regular rotation! It was so yummy!  I actually omitted the mushrooms, the bell pepper, and the carrots because we just don’t like them. It has a little kick to it! It was so good!!

  43. Made this last night for dinner and it was delicious. Lunch today is leftover Sloppy Joe over 1 point french fries! Delicious!

  44. I’ve made this recipe several times and it’s always delicious!  I’ll usually use ground turkey instead of beef. It’s a great way to sneak in some veggies for those picky eaters!

  45. Love this recipe I make it all the time!!  So tasty my hubby at it over pasta
    tonight!!  I leave the mushrooms out as I cannot eat them and add more onion and carrots.  

  46. My wife loved this. I used venison instead of beef. I thought it was a really good change up from my usual not so healthy recipe. We have also decided to chop the mushrooms instead of mincing them. I will definitely make it again. Considering swapping out the red wine vinegar for balsamic. Thanks for the recipe.

  47. This was SO GOOD!! I added some salt and about a tablespoon of brown sugar and it was perfect. I love all the veggies mixed in!! Will def make this again!

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    Kelley Mehrtens

    So excited! The kids had no idea what was in their sloppy Joe’s! They loved them! This recipe is a keeper!

  49. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!  It was a hit at my house.  My husband kept going back for more!

  50. what about that crusty whole wheat roll? sounds wonderful but doesn’t it change everything on WW? Thanks..

    1. You would need to add those points in.  There are probably too many calorie ranges for bread to be added.  I don’t use bread. I place the sloppy joe mix on Zoodles or butternut squash noodles.

  51. So delicious! My husband and my toddler both ate all of theirs and wanted seconds. This is delicious and classic. Yummy!

  52. It’s great base recipe for a healthy sloppy joe but it needs more flavor! I used ground turkey 1/2Tbsp seasoning salt, drained the liquid, then added a 1/2Tbsp more seasoning salt. I added cracked pepper, used one can of chopped tomatoes (2 cups seems like too much liquid!), and added about 2 tbsp of honey to sweeten it up because sloppy joes are meant to be sweet! Super easy to make when you throw the veggies in the food processor. And I suggest tasting as you go to ensure you get the flavor just right for you.

  53. Family favorite for game night at our house. They are going to be served up again this Saturday! Thanks!

  54. This is one of my family’s favorite recipes! My kids like to spread some laughing cow cheese on the bun then pile the sloppy joe on top. 

    1. Wonderful recipe, thank you! I reached for my Rachel Ray recipe and nearly cried looking at the added sugar. I’m on Weight Watchers and wanted a simple tasty recipe for the family. This one was a hit and one I’ll keep in rotation. The sweetness from the carrots was more than enough. Seasoning is a personal preference, so you’ll need to make this your own. Other than changing the seasoning, I cooked and followed the recipe. It’s perfect!

  55. Excellent recipe. 3/4 of my family love it! Still tasted great and flavorful out of the freezer. Yum!!

    Thanks for sharing Gina!

  56. I love this, I add beans because I like it like that but totally not necessary….I eat on a 647 low carb bun….

  57. Love this recipe, make it several times a year. Always add mustard, cuz that’s how I roll.
    Thanks for all of your recipes, I never would have made it to lifetime and stayed there without all the variety you have placed at my finger tips. (Have purchased cookbooks as well ?)

  58. Loved this recipe! How clever to use carrot and red pepper to replace the sweetness of ketchup or brown sugar. I honestly wouldn’t change a thing when I make it again! I will say that I did simmer it uncovered (I don’t have a lid for my large skillet) and I simmered it for more like 15 minutes which really helped thicken it. 

  59. I did not care for this recipe. Normal sloppy joes are made with some sugar (ketchup). I missed the sweet.

  60. This recipe is amazing! So easy and full of flavor. I will be making this A LOT. Thanks Gina! You are the best!

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    LaDonna Fields

    7yr old said it tasted better than the regular, hubby ate 2. I made w/turkey instead of beef.

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      This is a family favorite! I usually make it with lean ground turkey and my only other change is to add 1tbls of brown sugar. Its so so much better than the Sloppy Joes of my youth!!! I throw all the veggies in a processor to mince finely and my non mushroom eating family is none the wiser. Im making this tonight and my mouth is already watering thinking about it. We always have it with sweet potato fries and airfryer roasted cauliflower florets.
      Thanks for another win in my house, Gina!

  62. When I put this into the WW app, it comes out to 4 pts. Per serving, not 2.  Also your nutrition information is different from WW .  I tried to calculate it with your nutrition info but you haven’t given any values for saturated fats or sugars which are needed by the app.  I love this recipe but I’m so disappointed to find out that the points are double what I thought they were!

  63. This is fabulous just as written. My girls devour it and ask for it. I eat mine over rice or quinoa to eliminate the bun but they love it on buns.  SO much healthier and less sweet than traditional sloppy joes. 

  64. Love this recipe! I did change one thing for our taste and that was in place of one of the cups of tomato sauce I used G. Hughes sugar free BBQ sauce. awesome! and didn’t change the points! Thanks for all your recipe’s !

  65. A little different than the sloppy joes I’m used to, but I used lean ground turkey instead of beef and was amazed that it all came up as 0 points per 7 servings. It was completely devoured by all of the picky eaters who don’t eat vegetables in my house, including a 6 year old. I wrapped mine in a Romaine lettuce leaf with some black bean and corn salad on top, all 0 points. I’m in love with this recipe and will definitely make it again soon. A food processor is needed to chop the vegetables up really fine.

  66. Great recipe. The only change I made was adding shredded suchinni and carrots.  Very flavourful and well received by all in my house.  

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    Rebecca Lyons

     Absolutely fabulous! I added half a cup of unsweetened applesauce to make it a little bit sweeter. Everybody loved it. I had a large group over. I love how there are hidden vegetables in it. Made it ahead and warmed it in the crockpot this morning. I think it became even more tender in the crockpot 

  69. I liked this but found it SO salty. I used the seasoned salt rec’d since I didn’t have steak seasoning. Next time I would try a teaspoon instead of a tablespoon. I might even try 1/2 T of both the vinegar and worcestershire next time to start and add more if needed. I did feel the need to add some mustard in the end for flavor, but I always like mustard with my sloppy joes. I had made the rest of the family their favorite version in case this did not turn out well. I am glad, because they would not have eaten with this with the salty flavor. I think next time with the tweaks they would like it though. I used 0pt extra lean ground turkey and liked it with that. The sauce was a bit liquidy, but using a slotted spoon helps.

  70. I have made this recipe three or four times. My husband and I really like it. It reminds me of the recipe my mother used to make, which I love. I will definitely makes this again.

  71. I enjoyed this recipe but I did feel the need to add more steak seasoning, a couple tablespoons of barbecue sauce, and a tablespoon of brown sugar, which didn’t slam the calorie count between all of those servings. Over all a wonderful recipe & I can’t wait to add this into my regular dinner rotation. Nice that the veggies blend in so well. 

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  74. I made this using ground beef and I also made a leaner version using ground turkey. They both turned out amazing. I pour it over a sweet potato since I follow a mostly paleo diet. Great recipe! 

  75. I’ve made this twice and it doesn’t come out right. It’s pretty good, but not  like a sloppy joe. I used a food processor the second time to see if that was the problem but no luck. I’ve made about 100 Skinnytaste recipes in the past 3 years and they’re always amazing, I think the only problem with this one is expecting it to taste like the manwhich canned sauce. Again, I liked it, but my boyfriend was disappointed it didn’t taste like he expected. Still love Skinnytaste and recommend it to everyone that wants to eat healthier. 

  76. made this for dinner tonight my 11 year old son loved so did I. Thank you for always having delishes and healthy recipes.

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  79. If I wanted to cook this in the crock pot instead of on the stove, what changes would you make? Thanks!

  80. Pretty good, but needs tweaks. Followed recipe to the letter, but my ‘sauce’ was really more of a thin juice. I tried reducing for longer, and still way too thin. I finally added some panko breadcrumbs to soak up the juice and that worked fantastically. Also, the vinegar was a bit strong, next time I’ll add half that amount. Overall, it still tasted pretty great, and I would make it again with my edits.

  81. This is the only recipe of yours I have made and not loved. My original recipe is much better. This is too tomato-y and I like my Sloppy Joes with a little sweetness. Won’t make this again. Disappointed.

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    Cortney White

    My husband made this tonight for dinner (minus mushrooms because we don’t care for them). It was so good! Can’t wait for the leftovers in my lunch! However, when I put the recipe into the WW site recipe creator, it came up with 4 points. Still worth it, but not the two this recipe says.

  83. I just made this tonight using ground turkey and it was awesome! I did add a bit of brown sugar to sweeten it up for my picky husband and toddler. They both loved it. My toddler had 2 helpings and that is a big deal since she won’t eat any meat besides a hotdog. Thank you!

  84. Do you not drain the fat out before adding veggies? Also I’m wondering if it would be the same with ground turkey…

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  86. 5 STARS! The kids could not get enough. Doubled the recipe so we would have leftovers. I couldn’t believe I only needed 1/2 cup per sandwich, but it was plenty!

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    Miranda Mendoza

    As is, it tasted like pasta sauce to me. Not sweet enough… so I kept adding to it until I got the classic sloppy joe flavor. I used 1 tbsp of BBQ sauce, 1 tbsp brown sugar and a teaspoon of yellow mustard. MUCH better!

  88. I added an extra carrot and doubled the bell pepper to bump up the sweetness and veggies. I also make it with ground turkey sometimes and it works just as well. It's a great recipe! My husband, a die-hard, canned Manwich sloppy joe guy, is sold on these now. That's a big compliment. I make a bunch and freeze portions for later. I also want to try added some spice and heat and beans andI added an extra carrot and doubled the bell pepper to bump up the sweetness and veggies. It's a great recipe! My husband, a die-hard Manwich sloppy joe guy, is sold on these now. My toddler, too. That's a big compliment. I make a bunch and freeze portions for later. I also want to try adding some spices and beans and serving as a healthier chili. Thanks so much. Love your recipes.

  89. Made this recipe vegetarian with cooked dry lentils, (from 1 1/2 cup dried lentils). I didn't have steak seasoning, so I made my own using chili powder, paprika, ground cumin, and cayenne pepper. So much deliciousness for so few WW points!!

  90. This recipe is great! I made this last night and the only change I made was I used 1/2 a Vidalia onion vs. a whole onion, mainly because onion causes severe heartburn for my husband. The whole family loved it, even the 5 year old and 2 year old! This is the way I'll be making my sloppy joes from now on, thank you!!!

  91. Just wonderful! I have not made a recipe from your site that I have not enjoyed! We did make a couple of minor tweeks using turkey, extra veggies, red pepper flakes and a bit of mustard. We will definitely be making this again. I had a hard time not helping myself to seconds!

  92. Excellent! Thanks Gina. Even my kids loved this recipe- they did not notice vegetables had been added. Will make again.

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    Debbie Hawkins

    Ok I am new at this calorie counting I didnt have everything listed, I had turkey 85/15% baby carrots probably used 6 to12, apple cidar vinegar, tomato sauce and paste, worcestershire sauce, potabella mushroom, onion and garlic. Would this be close to the same caloies?

  94. The original Rachael Ray sloppy joe that this comes from is by far, my most favorite sloppy joe recipe ever. THANK YOU so much for making it healthier! I loved bulking it up with the veggies, but getting the same great taste. Another winner!

  95. We have made this a lot. Love it. Before I have always chopped the veggies. Tonight I immersion blended them. Totally changes the dish. . . We also tried adding some mustard powder and a tablespoon or two of BBQ sauce. It is good also. I used 99% lean ground turkey.

  96. Where are people finding 1 Points Plus light buns? The lowest I can find is a 2 Points Plus light bun. Perhaps they were 1 Point on the old WW program and are now 2 Points Plus? Looking forward to trying this great recipe!

  97. Where are people finding 1 Points Plus light buns? The lowest I can find is a 2 Points Plus light bun. Perhaps they were 1 Point on the old WW program and are now 2 Points Plus? Looking forward to trying this great recipe!

  98. I hate recipes that use ketchup or store-bought bbq sauce. Why does everyone want food sweet? This is very much like my recipe. I like to use leftover pulled pork and a lot of hot pepper flakes and/or hot sauce. Leftover chicken shredded is good too!

  99. Being from the UK Sloppy Joes is not something I have ever had or made. Moved to Canada 5 years ago got married. Motherinlaw does a version but never tried it. Have been trying various recipes here recently and this got the best review from the hubby (better than his Mum's – you cant really get a better review from a husband than that lol). As an aside my sons fave were the buttermilk chocolate chip scones! I don't need the sweetness having never had sweeter ones before. Love the amount of veg in it. DH loved that it didn't just taste of spaghetti sauce. Thanks for the keeper!

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    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam

    OH MY. I've made tons of your recipes before but my husband has never complimented one as much as this one! So so good. And my kids loved it as well – SCORE! Thank you so much!

  101. I made this last night and both my boyfriend and I loved it. Only change I made was added a little more Worcestershire sauce and added a teaspoon of brown sugar at the very end. So good, makes a TON and keeps you full. Will definitely be making this again!

  102. So delicious! Made this the other night and my husband and I loved it! Followed the recipe and added a little brown sugar as some others have suggested to give it that slightly sweet and savory flavor. This will be going into the rotation. Thanks! : )

  103. We made this tonight with kangaroo meat and it was great! I know it sounds strange, but kangaroo is super healthy and I love the flavor.

  104. I made this last night for the first time. My husband went for seconds, didn't even know it was healthy! I made mine with turkey cayenne pepper for some spice. We are having leftovers tonight for sure!! Thank you for this amazing recipe.

  105. I made these for the second time last night. They are so good. I paired it with your skinny potato salad (like Rachel Ray does) and dinner was fantastic. I doubled the batch so that I can freeze some for lunches. I read a neat trick of putting the leftovers in a muffin tin and freezing. Then you can transfer to a freezer back when frozen. One tin equals one sandwich. 🙂

  106. Oh my goodness! Delicious! My hubby and daughter ate theirs on a potato roll and I had mine on an Arnold whole wheat sandwich thin with spinach. They both loved them! I told my daughter what was in it and she ( who hates mushrooms) told me to make it again.

    Thank you!

  107. College student review:
    This recipe was cheap, easy and quick. Not only that, but it turned out better than I expected! I added a little bit of brown sugar just because of what other people said. Use white wine vinegar instead of red and a green pepper vs red due to what was on hand. All on some rye break

    Thank you for yet another good recipe!!

  108. Gina, you are amazing… Thank you for your dedication and hard work!! And Imagination!! 😉

    I was wanting to clarify 'tomato sauce'…. canned pasta sauce? crushed tomatoes? ketchup? I just want to make sure I go with the right one to stick to your values 🙂 Thank you again!

  109. Gina – I see many have opted to use ground turkey vs. the beef – would the WW points be the same? Looks awesome and a great comfort food during these winter months! LOVE your site – keep up the great work and kudos for your recognition for the awesome work you offer and great WW recipes

  110. This recipe is also considered Simply Filling for WW as long as you use organic tomato paste! Love that I can have this and a light hamburger roll until I am satisfied! Keep up the great work!

  111. Made this tonight and it exceeded my expectations. If you use afood processor, you can't tell there are veggies in it. My 3 year old gobbled it down!

  112. Made this last night! It was so good! I used ground turkey and added some pepper (I love pepper) and it turned out amazing! I put my half cup serving on a slice of 35 cal wheat bread

  113. We are big fans of a sloppy joe in this house. I tweaked the recipe a bit and everyone enjoyed it! I used a package of ground chicken , two carrots, a zucchini, a package of sliced mushrooms, a small onion, and a bell pepper ( all minced in the food processor.). I added all the same seasoning as the above but also added two packets of Splenda. It was the perfect combination of sweet and tangy. The kiddies had no idea I slipped them all those veggies either.

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    I dont know. Usually I love your recipes that i've tried on here, but i'm unsure about this one. I think sloppy joes should be more… bbq-y. This one tasted like more of a meat sauce to be served over pasta. I'm disappointed. I'm a 22 year old poor college student and I cook two meals for myself and my boyfriend to last the entire week, now I feel like we have a bunk meal to deal with for the rest of the week. I had to add bbq sauce and sriracha just to make it taste like an actual sloppy joe and now it's just like .. what was the point, it's not healthy anymore. Ugh.

    1. Do you have a crockpot? If so, get a chuck roast and buy the BBQ Pulled Pork Slow Cooker packet. It makes a whole lot of bbq beef for only 5pp per 1/4cp…and it lasts the week. Might be a more affordable alternative.

  115. Trying this for dinner tonight. I am cooking for my very picky father so we will see if this gets his approval.

  116. This is our favorite sloppy joe recipe! I love that its packed with veggies. I throw a zucchini into the mix. Makes for a super colorful dish 🙂 Thanks Gina!

  117. This is amazing!!! I used extra lean turkey and added a tablespoon of brown sugar to the sauce. Thanks!!! 🙂

  118. Thank you SO much for this wonderful site! I get so many recipes from here and it has been immensely helpful in meal planning and helping me stick to plan. The hardest part for me is meal ideas, and your blog is a goldmine! I really really appreciate all the hard work you do! Made these sloppy joes tonight, and they were wonderful! Will add them to our menu rotation just as many other of your recipes have been! Thanks so much!

  119. This recipe was amazing. I was kind of hesitant since I dont like the can or the mixes for sloppy joes, maybe because I dont like the sweetness of the can or mix. I did not add the carrots which I read later was for the sweetness to subsitute for the suger. I am glad I skipped that ingred. b/c this was amazing, it will now be part of our monthly dinner menu!! Thank you

  120. All I can say is WOW! I made this last night for my wife and I and she wanted a 2nd serving. I'm not a fan of mushrooms, so I omitted those but I added a tsp of chili powder to give it just a little more flavor. This was absolutely delicious. Highly recommend this to anyone looking to make healthy Sloppy Joes for themselves or the family.

  121. This recipe is absolutely fantastic. I don't know that I've ever had a Sloppy Joe, but these are incredibly tasty and tangy. And what a generous portion for so few points! Thanks once again, Gina!

  122. made these last night and then had another for breakfast! 🙂 they were sooo good and it made me feel so happy adding in all those veggies. my hubby doesnt like sloppy joes or tomatoes so they werent his favorite and i added the 2tbsp of brown sugar to hide the tomato flavor. but i'll definitely be making these for myself for to pack for lunch!

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    Shenelle Torres

    This recipe is amazing. I just made it with a few substitutions but nonetheless my fiancee and i loved it.

  124. These were awesome. Though, I didn't follow the directions.. but only b/c I know I bought a big can of tomato sauce, but I couldn't find it when I went to make these. So I'm guessing it's either in the husbands truck or left at the store 🙁 so I decided to use some ketchup (I had a small amt of sauce), well I ran out of ketchup, so I improvised with bbq sauce! And used the last bit in that bottle to finish! They were great. I'm sure way more points than if I'd have used that sauce. Next time I will make them by the directions…. hopefully that can of tomato sauce won't elude me.

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    Vannessa Frank

    Made this tonight and it was great! I didn't have carrots or red wine vinegar though so I substituted with a little apple cider vinegar for the vinegar and a little sweet for the carrots. We also put spoonfuls on little dinner rolls and made "sliders". Definitely will do again!

  126. This is one ofmy favorites from this site. I don't like mushrooms so I add rated zucchini and a couple of slashes or beef broth instead or Worcesteshire. Sooooo good!

  127. Just made these with your cornbread casserole and they were delicious. Want to try adding some shredded zucchini next time like other reviewers have suggested. I love your site!

  128. THIS WAS EXCELLENT!! My 8 year old loves sloppy joe's and I am always trying to cook healthy nutritious meals. HUGE hit, not only did I love it, my 8 year old loved it said is was the best she had ever had 🙂 and my 2 year old asked for seconds. THANK YOU!!! Only thing I did different was a used a no added sodium tomato paste and sauce and a low sodium steak seasoning.

  129. This was amazing. My wife made this last night and I had to just jump on the website and say thanks!

    We have tried a number of recipes on here and they were all very tasty. thanks!

  130. I'm trying this recipe tonight w/ ground turkey thighs, can't wait. From the reviews, it sounds very yummy!!

  131. I am not a sloppy joe fan, but my husband is. I made these last night and I loved them. My husband (who is a landscape foreman – crazy hours – heavy duty work) ate 4 sandwiches in one sitting – I think it's safe to say that he liked them. Of course he can get away with it since he's the tall and thin built – can eat whatever he wants and still lose weight. I don't know what we'll do if we ever have kids – he'll never leave enough food for them! Thanks for a wonderful meal!

  132. Hi Gina. I just wanted to give you a BIG KUDOS for this recipe. Made it tonight with ground turkey and this is BY FAR the best sloppy joe recipe Ive EVER HAD!!!! Delicious!!! Thanks for sharing your passion with all of us!

  133. Gina–made this tonight for dinner because we wanted something different. And it was FABULOUS!!! This was such a good and easy meal everyone enjoyed with the enjoyment of leftovers tomorrow!!! 🙂

  134. Gina -I wanted to let you know this is one of our family's all-time favorite meals now, and we have been having it at least every other week for these cold winter months! Every time I make it, my husband sits down, takes his first bite, breathes a sigh of pleasure, and his eyes light up. I know how he feels because I'm sure mine do too! I have never before liked sloppy joes but they were always the ketchup-laden kind I'd had, I suppose. My two year old gobbles it up and my 10 month old cries for more. Comfort food that couldn't get better – or better for you! Thanks for all your great recipes!

  135. I just made this recipe– I am used to a less healthy version, with ketchup but I honestly could not tell the difference.I used one whole onion and green pepper as veggies and added a tbsp of brown sugar. I served it over rigatoni and it was great! I live by myself so had some for dinner and bringing the rest to work for lunch- YUM!!

  136. I made this tonight but poured the serving over 1/2 baked potato with fresh green onions, low fat cheese and jalapeños. Soo good!

  137. My husband is a Sloppy Joe snob. I was nervous about this one. SO GOOD! I actually made it with 96% lean beef (b/c that's what I had on hand) and it was still delicious. I made dinner start to finish in 25 mins!

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    Melinda Griffith

    I followed the recipe exactly! I decided to make it and then throw it in the crock pot for when I get home today, but I just tried a little bite when it was done cooking on the stove and WOWOWOWOWOW. My fiancee just tried a bite, and he gives it an "8 of 10" and he "can't really taste the veggies" (which is a good thing for him) and when I ask him what made it an "8" instead of a "10", he said "it's not as beastly as other sloppy joes, it could be a little more saucy" whatever that means LMAO, but it is definitely a hit.

  139. I followed the recipe exactly and it was delicious. I was tempted to add mustard because I use it in my normal recipe but I didn't, and I didn't miss it. It was a hit with my family. I served it on 100 calorie flat buns. I will be making this one again…soon!

  140. I followed this recipe to the letter but did not have tomato paste. It was terrible. Could the paste have made that big of a difference??? It was so bitter that I had to add brown sugar, honey and bbq sauce just to make it palatable. Of course that had to have added 100's of calories so it was skinny no more. This one will not go in my recipe box!

    1. I would think tomato paste would have a huge effect on taste.  It’s concentrated so it would have a lot of flavor.

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