Sloppy Joes

Recipe makes 4 servings.
Approximate Cook Time: 30 minutes
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Rating: 4.53
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2 tablespoon(s) olive oil, or coconut oil
1 medium onion(s), chopped
1 medium bell pepper(s), green, chopped
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1 pound(s) beef, ground
1 can(s) tomato sauce (15 oz)
1 tablespoon(s) chili powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) cumin


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil when hot.
  2. Add onion, green pepper, and garlic, and saute until tender (about 10 minutes).
  3. Add ground beef, and continue to cook until beef starts to brown, stirring occasionally (about 8- 10 minutes).
  4. Finally, stir in tomato sauce, chili powder and ground cumin.
  5. Remove from heat and serve when beef is cooked through and tomato sauce is hot.

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  1. TriGirl

    I served these on baked portobello mushrooms as a substitute for the bun normaly used.

  2. kls

    I serve this over spaghetti squash, very good!

  3. Lvind

    I used lettuce wraps as a bun substitute. Delicious!!

  4. fiercetyper

    I have a whole head of cabbage in the fridge… Thinking I’ll use that as a “bun.” Seriously EXCITED to make this tonight!

  5. Melissa

    I loved this recipe! It was so yummy over cabbage even my 3 year old ate it up!

  6. Brittany

    This was so easy and very good! I made it with sweet potato fries and cauliflower “mashed potatoes.” Yum!

  7. eadoktor

    Easy and tasty

  8. Chris

    Took the suggestion of using lettuce wraps from Lvlnd, and they were delicious! A little bit messy, but isn’t that the point? Thanks for a quick and easy recipe.

  9. jgooding

    Can I use the Paleo Buns with this or is that off?

    • Neely


      You may add or subtract whatever you’d like to these sloppy joes. Paleo buns are pretty paleo, but you just have to be aware of the calories they’ll add if you’re trying to lose weight.

  10. cartertx

    This was so good even my picky eater 7 year-old was ‘wolfing’ it down! He said he wanted to eat Paleo-Joe’s for the rest of his life…Rather than using butter lettuce, which doesn’t really go over with the kiddo, I served it in a bowl (chili-style) with some celery ribs. Amazing!

  11. Martie

    I just served this in acorn squash bowls (halves). Big hit.

  12. Ascheer

    a little bland. I added more chili powder and some garlic powder + some salt.

  13. MsPickle

    I made this tonight and it was a big hit with our family. I doctored it a bit, added more cumin and more chili powder. And added a dash of cloves and red wine vinegar for a bit of tang. The cloves gave it that old-school hint of sweet without added sugar. Yum!

  14. sirif

    What is in the Tomato Sauce?

  15. Modamichelle

    This was great! I added a 1/4 tsp of coriander and a 1/4 tsp of cayenne. I ate it over spaghetti squash. This was the best paleo dinner I’ve had so far! (going on 2 weeks paleo).

  16. Brenda

    I make these all the time and LOVE them! I always add a bit of raw honey to sweeten them and then usually serve them over sauteed zuch.

  17. Faylina

    I’m just getting into paleo so maybe that had something to do with it but it was WAY too spicy for us, maybe I just have way hot chili powder, I don’t know. Anyway I had to wash off all the meat to make it edible and then since I had I only had 1 small can of tomatoes left, I had to use water and ketchup to make it taste better. Thankfully I still had ketchup in the house or it would have been a total loss.

  18. Saracolette

    2 Tbsp of oil seems like a lot to coat the pan… is that a typo?

    • Neely Quinn

      Saracolette – No, that’s not a typo. Nothing wrong with a little coconut oil. If you’re trying to cut down on calories then by all means decrease it, but that amount of oil will make filling servings that aren’t too high in calories for most people.

  19. kpetrie

    delicious! debatably better than traditional sloppy joes!

  20. Alicia L

    Delish!!! I added a 2nd bell pepper, thought it didn’t look enough with just 1. I also thought it was a bit bland; I added more chili powder & cumin & also some sea salt. I also only had like half a can of tomato sauce so I added a can of tomato paste in substitution. I really liked it- ate in in a bowl, chili style. My bf, who is not purposely eating Paleo (only when I prepare his food lol), he ate his with chips.
    Very good, def better than that canned sloppy joes! :)

  21. Kpetrie

    Maybe I’m the only one noticing this but, doesn’t using a canned tomato sauce completely go against the point of the diet’s lack of refined salts?

  22. PKHPaleo

    Can you list the nutritional content please?

  23. pschroepfer

    how many servings is this supposed to be?

  24. grayzone

    Yet another recipe with-out cooking times or Nutrition info!
    Why why why is there no consistency?

    Add onion, green pepper, and garlic, and saute until tender.
    Add ground beef, and continue to cook until beef starts to brown (stir occasionally). HOW LONG?

  25. monicalloyd

    Very good receipe – used the lettuce wraps as suggested. I did add more seasoning because my family loves spicy stuff.


    What kind of lettuce are you using for the wraps?

  27. ah

    This was SO flavorful! The only change I made was to add some sea salt, but that’s my personal preference. This was so very tasty–hubby went back for seconds!

  28. Steph

    Very yummy! I used lettuce leaves as a “taco shell”. Enjoyed so very much!

  29. Froggie G

    I am allergic to coconut…. what oil can I substitute? Olive? Avocado?

    • Neely Quinn

      Froggie G – My first choices are always tallow and lard (from high quality sources), but olive oil and avocado oil are both options, too!

  30. Amy

    This was fantastic! I added a pinch of cinnamon and a pinch of sugar (totally not paleo) but it turned out awesome.

  31. Courtney

    I serve sloppy joes over Paleo Almond Biscuits. Very easy, makes 4, 1/2 cup almond flour, 1/4 cup each coconut flour and milled golden flax seed, 3 eggs, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tbsp almond or walnut oil. Mix well, use cupcake liners, fill to the top and lightly pack down, bake on 400 for about 15-17 minutes.

  32. Elizabeth H

    Grayzone You must be new to cooking you remind me of my husband. It is difficult if you aren’t used to cooking much and trying a whole new style on top.of that. I would say rely more on your gut and go ahead and taste as you go. I think most of us are doing a bit of winging it here which is one of the things I like best. I love all the different ideas and the experimental tone. Just have more confidence in yourself.

  33. Alison

    I love this and so does my family! My kids ask me when im making sloppy joes again all the time! I am so glad I can give them this kids favorite but in a healthy way!

  34. donna

    Will 1 TBS, chili powder make the dish to spicy never used chili powder ????? thank you

  35. Amy L

    Awesome recipe! My family loved it…I made it with ground turkey b/c it is what I had around and it was great!

  36. Karen B

    I have been thoroughly enjoying these meals! I am on Week 4 now. I cannot bring up the recipe for Celeriac Fries that are on meal 8 for week of 2/15 – 2/21/15. Only the Sloppy Joes recipe is shown.

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