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The Very Best Sloppy Joe Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Hidden veggies are my secret ingredient to the BEST Sloppy Joe Recipe ever. 

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sloppy joe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups diced sweet onion
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper diced
  • 1 cup matchstick cut carrots
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes I LOVE Muir Glen Fire Roasted Tomatoes!
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 14 ounces finely minced mushrooms
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium/high heat. Add the onion to the pan and cook until softened. Add the bell peppers and carrots to the pan. Continue cooking until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in the tomato paste and cook until the mixture turns a deep burgundy in color, approximately 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add the dijon, sugar, vinegar, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, salt and pepper. Stir the mixture to combine thoroughly.
  4. Stir in the tomatoes and bring the mixture to a boil. Turn off the heat.
  5. Carefully, transfer the mixture to a blender and cover with the lid. Hold the lid with a towel (to prevent burning yourself, pressure will build up from the hot ingredients) and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  6. Return the skillet to the heat and brown the ground beef over medium/high until no longer pink, approximately 10-15 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a bowl and drain off the fat.
  8. Return the skillet to the heat and add the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms over medium/high until softened and most of the moisture has evaporated.
  9. Return the beef to the skillet and toss to combine.
  10. Pour the sauce over the beef mixture and stir.
  11. Bring the mixture to a boil, the lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  12. Serve on hamburger buns.
Recipe Notes

If you're more of a chunky veggie sloppy joe fan, puree only 1/2 of the vegetable mixture and create the sauce that way. You may need a bit of canned tomato sauce to make it more saucy but it's just as tasty!

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Sloppy Joe Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 357mg16%
Potassium 661mg19%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 3355IU67%
Vitamin C 56mg68%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 2.6mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.