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!

Paleo Sloppy Joes in a cast iron skillet.

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.

Paleo Sloppy Joes on a white plate.

How To Make Paleo Sloppy Joes

Step 1

First, add diced red pepper and onion to a skillet with olive oil.

Step 2

Once softened, add in ground beef and cook until crumbly and browned.

Step 3

Then, discard excess liquid from the pan and add the remaining ingredients.

Step 4

Cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until thickened and add more water if necessary.

Step 5

Finally, garnish with green onions if desired.

Paleo Sloppy Joes in a cast iron skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork?

Yes, other ground meats can be substituted for the ground beef.

Can I freeze Whole30 Sloppy Joes?

Yes! Freeze Sloppy Joes in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw before using.

How do I reheat?

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.

Can you have ground beef on Whole30?

Yes, ground beef is allowed on the Whole30 diet.

What can I make with extra cooked ground beef?

Leftover ground beef is so versatile! Use it to make a Paleo Taco Skillet, Whole30 Beef Stroganoff or Whole30 Korean Beef Bowls.

Are sweet potatoes allowed on the Whole30 diet?

Yes, sweet potatoes are allowed on the Whole30 diet.

Ground beef with sauce in white skillet

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Paleo Sloppy Joes in a cast iron skillet.

Get the Recipe: Whole30 Sloppy Joes (Paleo)

These Paleo Whole30 Sloppy Joes are all made in one skillet in 30 minutes. Weeknight dinners have never been more delicious or easy! Perfect for any family, any night of the week!
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  • 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.
Calories: 355kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 81mg, Sodium: 416mg, Potassium: 578mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 811IU, Vitamin C: 25mg, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 3mg

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