Healthy(ish) Sloppy Joe Meat

Sloppy joe loaded fries.

Sloppy joe meat has become a staple in our household since we started eating more red meat. We love it.

It’s cheap, easy to make, and tastes good enough that the whole family can enjoy it. It goes down real easy and can be used in a lot of other recipes too, making it an easy and enjoyable way to meet protein needs for the day.

I’ve seen similar recipes out there that use ground turkey rather than beef, but I’ll take beef over poultry any day due to beef’s high content of zinc, carnitine, B vitamins, selenium, as well as a good amount of saturated and monounsaturated fats. But if you have an aversion to beef or your doctor told you not to eat as much of it, turkey is always there as an option though. I just like the taste of beef so much better.

Oh and I say healthy(ish) because there’s ketchup in this recipe, which isn’t in a typical healthy eating plan. But I’m a big advocate of being flexible with eating, so it fits in perfectly in our diets.

You will need:


  • 1.5 lb ground beef (I used 90% lean)
  • 1 can tomato sauce (15oz)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • Brown sugar, sugar, stevia
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Jalapeño pepper (optional)


  1. Brown beef in cooking sprayed cast iron skillet.
  2. While beef browns, dice jalapeño if using and open tomato sauce.
  3. When beef is browned, add all remaining ingredients to the pan and mix well.
  4. Reduce heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes. The longer it sits, the more flavorful it will get.
  5. Allow to cool a bit and serve :)

Step by step with pics:

Start by heating a cast iron skillet sprayed with cooking spray over medium-high heat.


Add meat to skillet, stirring until no longer pink.


While beef is cooking, open up tomato sauce and dice jalapeño. The jalapeño is optional, but whenever we make it without it feels like something is missing so we always include it.


Once meat is browned, add remaining ingredients. I used stevia for this one, so no extra calories would be added from the sweetener. Brown sugar would be best though 😉


Stir well and cover. Let simmer for 10-15 minutes. The longer it sits, the better the flavor will be. It will taste even better the next day when you pull leftovers out of the fridge.. if you manage to not eat a pound in a half in one sitting that is.

sloppy joes

Allow to cool a bit and serve. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe, it’s delicious! It’s easy to stand over the oven and eat an entire pan so be careful!

Calories and Macros:

Serving size: 1/6 recipe

Calories: 270

Protein: 31.2g

Carbohydrates: 6.58g

Fat: 12.7g

With intermittent fasting, I’ll of course double up on the meat portion creating a man sized meal of over 500 calories, 62 grams of protein, 25 grams of fat, and 13 carbs. But that’s just me, if you’re not a faster or are watching your calories portion this out to fit your specific needs.

Ok so now we have the meat, what should we eat it with?

Well I’m glad you asked. We don’t eat a lot of bread in our house because there are so many other great carb sources out there that are more nutritious and beneficial, so we get creative with our sloppy joes. This sloppy joe meat goes great:

  • On top of warm buttery rice and topped with cheese
  • On homemade baked french fries and topped with greek yogurt as sour cream very similar to our beefy taco loaded fries recipe
  • Made into a spicy cheesy sloppy joe quesadilla and topped with more greek yogurt (I’ll post recipe)
  • Twice baked in a sweet potato (recipe coming soon!)
  • On a bun with a bit of cheese if all else fails


Sloppy joe quesadilla... yeah.

Sloppy joe quesadilla… yeah.

Sloppy joe loaded fries.

Sloppy joe loaded fries. You know this looks good.

Now that everyone is hungry from fantasizing over my food pics it’s time to go eat! Enjoy.


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