Lean & Mean Sloppy Joe’s

I’m going to admit right now that I know that sloppy joe’s are just about the least gourmet meal ever. They’re not pretty, not usually healthy, and not really a meal about which to boast.

These sloppy joe’s, however, are darn good, surprisingly low fat, and full of veggies. And they gave me another reason to use one of the many packs of lean ground beef in my freezer from my father-in-law’s farm. Yay for 20 lbs of grass-fed beef!

I found this recipe on Dashing Dish and only made a few modifications, but they were really only for taste preference. The only GF item you need is GF hamburger buns, such as Udi’s.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped (I usually don’t like green peppers, but in this recipe it really boosts the flavor!)
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped
  • 1/3 Cup water
  • 1 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp mustard (I like spicy brown)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (her recipe calls for 1/2 tsp, but can you really have too much garlic flavor?)
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup ketchup

Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Saute green pepper, onion and zucchini along with water for 4-5 minutes. Add ketchup and continue cooking until veggies are tender and water is evaporated. Add beef and cook through.

Sloppy Joe veggies

Sloppy Joe's

When beef is finished cooking, stir in tomato sauce, garlic powder, and mustard. Let cook for another 5 minutes or until thickened slightly. Add salt to taste.

Sloppy Joe's

Most people probably eat sloppy joe’s as a sandwich…not us. We just put two GF buns open-faced on the plate, spoon the sloppy joe mixture on top and eat with a fork.

Sloppy Joe's

Still not pretty, and definitely fancy what the the Ruffles and all (don’t judge…they were low fat too)…but these make for a delicious dinner! Coming from someone who never really liked sloppy joe’s and from my husband with a pretty picky palette, these are fabulous and one of our favorite comfort-food-kind-of-meals! Enjoy!


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