Sloppy Joes


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Serving Size: 1/2 cup meat and 1 bun


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped (about 1 rib of celery)
  • 1/2 cup green or red pepper, chopped (about 1/2 large pepper)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 5 whole wheat buns


  1. Combine ground beef, onion, celery, and pepper in a medium skillet. Add water.
  2. Cook over medium low heat for 15 minutes. Stir as needed. Cook until beef mixture reaches at least 160°F.
  3. Put ground beef mixture in a colander set over a bowl. Pat mixture with paper towels and rinse with warm water to remove fat.*
  4. Return to skillet. Add ketchup, mustard, and sugar. Heat 5-10 minutes on low heat.
  5. Toast buns in an oven broiler, toaster oven, or skillet. To use a skillet, spread buns with margarine and place face side down in skillet. Cook over medium heat 1-2 minutes.
  6. Prepare sandwiches by putting 1/2 cup of meat mixture on bottom of each bun and cover with top of bun.


*Do not pour grease down the drain. Let grease harden, then put it in the trash.

Use ground beef with a fat percentage you can afford. Some fat will be removed when beef is rinsed with water.

Use diced or grated carrots in place of one of the vegetables.

Make sloppy joe mixture ahead and freeze for a quick meal.

Substituting tomato sauce for the ketchup reduces the sodium to 420 mg.

Nutrition Facts

5 Servings Per Container
Serving Size: 1/2 cup meat and 1 bun

Amount Per Serving

Calories 300

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0.5g
Cholesterol 60mg
Sodium 450mg
Total Carbohydrates 29g
Dietary Fiber 4g
Total Sugars 11g
Includes 9g Added Sugars
Protein 23g

Vitamin D 0mcg
Calcium 69mg
Iron 3mg
Potassium 521mg

* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.