These Paleo and Whole30 Sloppy Joes are EASY, yummy, healthy, comforting and kid-approved! Serve them in lettuce wraps or grain-free tortillas, over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, spooned into baked sweet potatoes, on top of a bed of leafy greens or just alone in a bowl. And don’t forget these Sloppy Joe Potato Skins! The perfect weeknight meal!
I mentioned a few days ago that I’ve wanted to make these Paleo and Whole30 Sloppy Joes for a while now. All the recipes called for Paleo and Whole30 Ketchup, and Tessemae’s Ketchup is too expensive to use an entire bottle for one meal.
I finally took a minute to make my own Paleo and Whole30 Ketchup last week. I’m so glad I did! I will never go back to the store-bought stuff. It’s sweet (naturally, with dates), spicy, thick and robust. It’s so easy to make and so much more cost-effective than buying it from the store. You can tailor it to suit your preferences too!
This is actually post one of two about these Paleo and Whole30 Sloppy Joes, and you’ll see why in just a minute. They are super-versatile. You can serve them over zucchini noodles, baked sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash or a bed of leafy greens. Heck, you can even eat them plain in a bowl!
But my favorite way to eat these Paleo and Whole30 Sloppy Joes are spooned into potato skins. That’s right! I took baked Russet potatoes, hollowed them out with my trusty ice cream scoop, brushed them with ghee and olive oil, sprinkled on a little salt and baked them until golden brown and crispy. They were ah-maze-ing! Grab the recipe for Whole30 Sloppy Joe Potato skins here.
In this post, I’ll tell you how to make the filling. Make sure you have some Paleo and Whole30 Ketchup on hand. If you don’t want to make it, you can pick up some Tessemae’s on Amazon or at your local health food store.
The little spicy kick in these comes from my homemade Paleo and Whole30 Ketchup. If you want the same kick but are using store-bought ketchup, add half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper and you’ll be good to go.
These Paleo and Whole30 Sloppy Joes are EASY, yummy, healthy, comforting and kid-approved! Serve them in lettuce wraps or grain-free tortillas, over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, spooned into baked sweet potatoes, on top of a bed of leafy greens or just alone in a bowl. And don’t forget these Sloppy Joe Potato Skins!
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 sweet bell pepper, diced
- 1 lb. 80/20 ground beef
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tsp. sea salt, plus more to taste
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 1 c. beef broth
- 2 c. Paleo and Whole30 Ketchup
- 1/4 c. coconut aminos
- 1 tbsp. ACV
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Warm the coconut oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until melted.
- Add the onion and pepper, and saute until the onion is translucent and pepper is softened, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
- Add the ground beef and cook until browned, about 5-7 minutes. (See notes below for tips on browning ground beef.) Drain all grease but 1 tbsp.
- Add onion and pepper back to pot with the ground beef.
- Add garlic, smoked paprika, sea salt, thyme and ground cloves, and stir 1 minute until fragrant.
- Deglaze with a little of the beef broth if necessary.
- Stir in beef broth, ketchup, coconut aminos and apple cider vinegar, mixing well.
- Simmer for 30 to 45 minutes, or until thickened. Add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste throughout the simmering process.
- Serve in lettuce wraps or grain-free tortillas, over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, spooned into baked sweet potatoes, on top of a bed of leafy greens or just alone in a bowl. And don’t forget these Sloppy Joe Potato Skins!
Recipe updated 3/5/20. The original recipe is at the bottom of the page.
For a sweeter Sloppy Joe, add 1/2 c. apple cider, and adjust cook time accordingly.
Serve this Sloppy Joe mixture in lettuce wraps or grain-free tortillas, over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash, spooned into baked sweet potatoes, on top of a bed of leafy greens or just alone in a bowl. And don’t forget these Sloppy Joe Potato Skins!
Browning ground beef: If you’re using a lean ground beef, you may need to add extra coconut oil when browning. Don’t crowd the ground beef in the pan. Brown in batches if needed. Add to the pan in large chunks and allow to brown well before flipping and browning again. Drain the grease halfway through if there’s so much it’s keeping your beef from browning well. You want those nice crispy bits–not a gray soggy mess. Once both sides of the chunks are well-browned, use a meat chopper to break into smaller pieces.
- Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
- Calories: 299
- Sugar: 8.1
- Sodium: 728.5
- Fat: 19.8
- Saturated Fat: 9.5
- Trans Fat: .9
- Carbohydrates: 15.5
- Fiber: 2.2
- Protein: 14.7
- Cholesterol: 53.9
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Original Paleo and Whole30 Sloppy Joes Recipe prior to 3/5/20 update:
- 2 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 sweet bell pepper, chopped (I made a double-batch and used one red and one yellow pepper.)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 c. Paleo and Whole30 Ketchup
- 1/4 c. coconut aminos
- Warm the coconut oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat until melted.
- Add the onion and pepper, and cook until the pepper is softened and onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.
- Add the ground beef and cook 5-7 minutes until browned.
- Add garlic powder and salt and cook 1 more minute.
- Stir in ketchup and coconut aminos, mixing well.
- Simmer for 20 minutes.
- Serve over zucchini noodles, baked sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, a bed of leafy greens or just alone in a bowl.
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