Grown Up Sloppy Joes

May 31, 2016   9 Comments

You can’t really call a recipe “adult” so I am going with “Grown Up” for this sloppy joe concept.

Grown Up Sloppy Joes

Why is it mature? Because, you are not going to open up a Manwich can or stand in line with other third graders at your elementary school.

This recipe is much better for you than the sloppy joe of your youth because you are going to add beans, carrots, zucchini, whatever you got in the fridge.

You are going to help save the environment by not eating as much meat as a regular sloppy joe and you will save money because meat is expensive and you have responsibilities. It is so hard being an adult isn’t it?

You are going to mix a few ingredients together. Not hard!

The only thing to do here is chop an onion for the basic recipe. I like to add some extra veggies because no one is going to freak out when they find them.

You sauté the onion, add some ground beef (or ground turkey) and brown it. Then you add black beans and the sauces and you are done.

This is fast and people love it. I keep the filling in the fridge for wraps or I serve it over lettuce.

Some of you are going to complain about the ketchup (added sugar) but it has to have a sweet and sour component or it isn’t a sloppy joe. Also, ketchup is thicker than tomato sauce which makes this work.

My husband thought these were too vinegary but he grew up in Australia and has never had a true sloppy joe (horror!). The mustard is the source of vinegar here and it may be too much for some people so add it and then taste. I pour vinegar over everything so he may be right.

I love grown up sloppy joes!

Grown Up Sloppy Joes Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 8 servings

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1 medium onion (chopped)
1/2 pound ground beef (93% lean) or ground turkey (white meat)
2-15.5 ounce can black beans (drained and rinsed)
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup French's yellow mustard (or equivalent)
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


Spray non-stick pan with non-stick spray and heat to medium high. Saute onion until softened and add ground beef. Cook until ground beef is no longer pink. Add beans, ketchup, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Warm until heated through and serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

For one cup serving without bun = 200 calories, 2.9 g fat, 0.7 g saturated fat, 29.2 g carbohydrates, 9.1 g sugar, 15.7 g protein, 5.8 g fiber, 650 mg sodium, 6 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Since I buy a brand of Ketchup that does not contain sugar will using it make this recipe successfully? I specifically look for ketchup with no High Fructose Corn Syrup and no added sounds like maybe I should add a teaspoon or two of real sugar to the recipe? I like the sound of it otherwise, easy to make and lots of veggies! Yum!

Id like to try this with a lot less condiments and some cheese. I love cheese

I grew up loving Manwich and so did my kids. My kind of fast food :) But, like you Lisa, I decided to make my own healthier version too. Yours definitely sounds easier and faster than mine! I call my recipe "Snobby Joes". If my vegetarian daughter is coming, I used diced mushrooms in lieu of meat and no one even notices. Here's what I do:

¾ pound lean ground beef, turkey or mushrooms

1 yellow onion, peeled and diced

1 green bell pepper, cored seeded and diced

1 cup tomato purée [or Eden tom sauce]

2 tablespoons cider vinegar [and dash worchestershire]

1 tablespoons c.palm sugar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon chile powder

1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
 [roughly smashed]

freshly ground pepper, to taste

Hmmm. I would add 1 chopped green pepper, 8 oz. sliced or chopped mushrooms, use tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce (less sweet) instead of ketchup and mustard, and two different kind of beans, such as black and pink.

This is perfect! Been trying to clean out my pantry/freezer and I have all of this on hand. Going to try a vegetarian version since I have soy meat crumbles to use.. fingers crossed!

I like BarbL's version better. Less mustard and no ketchup. Since hubby hates beans, I will leave them out and that also reduces the carbs and I will leave out the sugar. Black beans, however, have more nutrition than any other bean I know of, so I have them.

Thanks, all. I love the "keep in the fridge" idea which works well around here. Everything I make seems to be Asian, Mexican or Italian, so this is a nice flavor change. I also play "Hide the Beans" with everything because my husband thinks he doesn't eat them. While we're hiding--pumpkin hides very well in dishes like this. I keep it in the freezer/fridge for tomato-based soups, stews, etc.

Thanks IFortuna and Lisa! I completely missed the black beans. I'll be using them more now esp after reading that informative link on black beans. I need more dietary calcium for my osteoporosis. I also like using this recipe as a taco or quesadilla filling with the addition of sweet fresh corn and just a teeny sprinkle of cheddar.

I'm mustard-phobic, so this is a non-starter for me. Here is my recipe for Untidy Josephs, as my husband calls them, aka Vegetarian Sloppy Joes!

12 ounces morningstar farms or boca frozen soy veggie crumbles (1 bag)

1 small onion, chopped
1 small green pepper, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 to 3/4 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1⁄4 cup beer

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (vegetarian or regular kind)

1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder
cayenne pepper, to taste
Tabasco sauce, to taste

Heat olive oil in medium/large skillet over medium heat. Sautee onion, green pepper, garlic until slightly softened. Add soy crumbles and sautee until thawed. Add 1/2 can tomato sauce, beer, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, cayenne and Tabasco.

Reduce heat to med-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add more tomato sauce and/or beer if sauce is too thick. Adjust amount of chili powder/cayenne/Tabasco to suit your taste. We like it spicy so I add quite a bit!

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