Whole30 Sloppy Joes (Paleo)
These Whole30 Sloppy Joes are a healthy classic dinner recipe. This Paleo Sloppy Joes recipe is a super quick and easy dinner, which makes it a great option for any family on any given night. Additionally, these are great for a healthy meal prep!
What Are Sloppy Joes?
Sloppy Joes are ground meat, tomato sauce or ketchup, onions, Worcestershire sauce and seasonings typically served on a hamburger bun. For this Whole30 Sloppy Joes recipe, the flavors remain bold and hearty but the bread goes bye bye. Serve these Paleo Sloppy Joes in a bowl with sweet potatoes, in slider form, stuffed inside a baked potato or with a side salad.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
These Paleo Sloppy Joes are a staple in my house. Here is why:
- They only take 30 minutes to cook.
- These Whole30 Sloppy Joes are great by themselves, with sweet potatoes, or with Zoodles.
- They are made without wine, without brown sugar, and without ketchup.
- These are incredibly easy to make! Only one skillet is required.
- This healthy homemade recipe is a great Whole30 meal prep option.
- This recipe is Whole30 compliant, Paleo, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Sugar Free.
Onions are traditionally used in Sloppy Joes recipe. The red pepper adds a pop of color and flavor.
The veggies cook in olive oil to give them a tenderness and touch of flavor.
The main star! Grass fed ground beef is the heart of Paleo Sloppy Joes.
Instead of using tomato sauce, a small can of tomato paste is used in this recipe. With tomato paste, a little bit goes a long way.
Coconut aminos is the soy free and gluten free version of soy sauce. In addition, it adds such a hearty depth of flavor.
A little paprika and ground pepper provide the added flavor.
How To Make Paleo Sloppy Joes
First, add diced red pepper and onion to a skillet with olive oil.
Once softened, add in ground beef and cook until crumbly and browned.
Then, discard excess liquid from the pan and add the remaining ingredients.
Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened and add more water if necessary.
Finally, garnish with green onions if desired.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Yes, other ground meats can be substituted for the ground beef.
Yes! Freeze Sloppy Joes in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw before using.
Reheat in either a microwave or add to a skillet. Cook on low heat until warmed through. Add a little bit of water or broth to the pan if needed.
Yes, ground beef is allowed on the Whole30 diet.
Leftover ground beef is so versatile! Use it to make a Paleo Taco Skillet, Whole30 Beef Stroganoff or Whole30 Korean Beef Bowls.
Yes, sweet potatoes are allowed on the Whole30 diet.
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Get the Recipe: Whole30 Sloppy Joes (Paleo)
- 1 red pepper, diced finely
- 1 white onion, diced finely
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- 1 cup water, plus more as needed
- green onions, to garnish
- First, in a large skillet, add red pepper, onion and olive oil. Sauté for about 7-8 minutes or until onions become soft.
- Next, add in ground beef and cook on medium until brown and crumbly.
- Discard excess fat from pan. Then, add in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and let simmer for at least 15-20 minutes, adding more water if mixture becomes too dry. Lastly, remove from heat.
- Finally, garnish with chopped green onions if desired.
- Ground beef can be substituted with ground turkey or ground chicken.
- Add more water (or broth) to the skillet if needed.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- To reheat, either microwave or add to a skillet over low heat. Add broth or water to the skillet if needed.
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30 Comments on “Whole30 Sloppy Joes (Paleo)”
what is the serving size for this meal ?
i’m trying to make right now
Hi Kim! This makes about 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy!
Sloppy Joe was amazing. I substituted the beef for venison.
So happy to hear that, Rodney. Venison sounds delicious in this recipe.
This is easy to make and delicious. Loved it with salad and will be making this again!
Hi Dot! I am so glad to hear that. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and thank you for trying my recipe!
Oh these sloppy joes are amazing. Thanks for the great recipe!
Easy and good! What else do we need?
What an easy dinner to make! It sounds so tasty
Sloppy joes are always a favorite in our house! Love how easy and healthy these are!