Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe

by Pamela

Sloppy Joe Recipe

This sloppy joe recipe couldn’t be easier to make or better for you. Instead of using all beef, these sloppy joes are a combination of beef and heart healthy lentils. Trust me when I say no one will notice you’ve slipped something healthy into these sloppy joes. The beef and seasonings make this sloppy joe recipe rich and satisfying just like sloppy joes should be.

I did slip lentils into these sloppy joes and YES they really did go unnoticed. Cooked lentils don’t have much flavor and they’re great at absorbing whatever seasonings/flavors you add to a dish. So you get a couple of good things from this recipe. You end up stretching your meat dollar a little further and you’re adding a good dose of healthy fiber to your family’s diet. That’s a win-win in my book.

To help save time when making this sloppy joe recipe, I used a package of those pre-steamed lentils (that Melissa’s Produce has). I also didn’t have to dirty another pot. Just cut open the package and add them to the pan Woo Hoo! I love the convenience of those pre-steamed lentils and beans you can get now. I also like the fact that they don’t come in cans because it means no BPA’s.

A Healthy and Easy Sloppy Joes Recipe

But back to the sloppy joes. You might notice that I served these open faced, instead of on a bun. Remember that brioche recipe I posted a little while ago? I served the sloppy joe recipe on a thick slice of that bread because it’s perfect for the rich and tangy sloppy joes.

Feel free to serve these sloppy joes on bread, buns, with cheese, without cheese however you normally serve ’em up. This tangy recipe is up for just about anything.

Homemade Sloppy Joe Recipe
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This is an easy homemade sloppy joe recipe that you can feel good about serving. Sloppy joes can be healthy, delicious and easy to make.
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4-6
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1 9 Ounce Package Steamed Lentils (I used Melissa's Produce lentils)
  • 1 Medium Onion (diced)
  • 2 Cloves Garlic (minced)
  • 1 14 Ounce Can Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes
  • ½ Cup Ketchup
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Teaspoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  1. Heat a large non-stick pan over medium high heat and add the ground beef to the pan. Break up the beef and brown it.
  2. Once the meat is half browned, add the package of lentils, the onion and garlic. Continue cooking until meat is browned all the way and any liquid has been cooked away.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar.
  4. Continue to stir occasionally and cook until almost all of the liquid has cooked away.
  5. Remove from heat and add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve.
If you like your sloppy joes sweeter, you can add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar when you add the ketchup to the mix.


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Maureen | Orgasmic Chef March 19, 2015 at 6:39 pm

When I was growing up in Maine, my mother made this and everyone in our town called it Dynamite. I have no idea why.

We were invited to a wedding in Massachusetts one weekend and we went down the night before and had dinner with one of the cousins and they said they were serving Sloppy Joe’s for dinner.

My mother went in the kitchen and snooped around and came back and whispered to my father, “I don’t know what Sloppy Joe’s are but it sure looks like we’re having Dynamite for dinner.”

Funny memory, thanks 🙂

Sippitysup March 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Open-Faced! Check out my tomorrow’s post and you’ll read all about my open-faced obsession. Naturally I love this. GREG

Pamela March 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I knew we had lots in common Greg. 🙂

John@Kitchen Riffs March 18, 2015 at 7:54 am

Wow, I haven’t had a Sloppy Joe in years! Always used to be one of the better things at the school cafeteria way back when. Love the idea of the lentils — really wonderful. Thanks.

Pamela March 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Yeah, sloppy joe day was always one of my favorites too John.

April @ Girl Gone Gourmet March 18, 2015 at 3:57 am

I haven’t had sloppy joes in years! It was a favorite growing up — adding it to the list for next week along with a bag a steamed lentils 🙂

Pamela March 18, 2015 at 1:18 pm

It’s definitely one of those things that is easily forgotten April, but when you remember it…it’s like “I’ve got to make them now.” LOL

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