Our updated Sloppy Joe takes lean ground beef and adds chopped cremini mushrooms and diced fresh plum tomatoes, all in a zesty sauce. Served on a whole-wheat bun, it's a hearty dinner sandwich that will please adults and kids alike. Source: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat until it starts to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the vegetables are soft and the moisture has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

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  • Add tomatoes and flour; stir to combine. Stir in water, vinegar, chili sauce and ketchup and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm on buns.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: The filling will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 2.1 g saturated fat; 28 mg cholesterol; 448 mg sodium. 499 mg potassium; 31.4 g carbohydrates; 4.7 g fiber; 8 g sugar; 13.6 g protein; 432 IU vitamin a iu; 8 mg vitamin c; 36 mcg folate; 66 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 56 mg magnesium; 5 g added sugar;

Reviews (40)

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40 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 34
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/11/2019
I really like the flavor of this sauce and the recipe is a go to sloppy joe recipe. I sometimes make it vegetarian with "crumbles" and maybe want to try it with beans could be added as well. Did it again with Lite Life tempeh cumbled in my food processor. That was good too. Traditional sweet type sloppy joe. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/06/2017
The EatingWell meal plan has this on the same day as tacos and I prefer the tacos. The sloppy joe ended up on the runny joe side (: although the problem may have been a result of finely chopping all the vegetables. Taste isn't too bad but I'll stick to EatingWell's tacos! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2016
Excellent! I cut the vinegar by half and added more chilli sauce and ketchup. I also added 1/2 cup of green bell pepper. Served it with sweet potatoe fries. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2016
So Delicious!! I had a sloppy joe craving and this recipe hit the spot! Instead of the ketchup and chili sauce I used 1/4 cup tomato paste mixed with an apple bourbon BBQ sauce 2 chopped garlic cloves and a tsp of chili powder. The joes turned out so amazing! What's even better since it's just hubby and I I was able to split the yield and freeze 1/2 a batch for a later date. Pros: fast easy super tasty makes great leftovers Cons: none! Read More
Rating: 2 stars
11/30/2015
Depends on the Quality of your Ingredients I generally love EatingWell recipes but this one was an unfortunate disappointment. I think because I purchased a spicy sirracha version of the Chili Sauce condiment ingredient rather than just the standard Heinz and in that case I do agree with the previous commenter who said it is too vinagery. Also the tomatoes I used did not get mushy and make the sauce tomatoey but they were pretty unripe (which was all the grocery store had for plum). I suspect the flop was more because of the ingredients I had than the recipe. So make sure your tomatoes are very ripe and your Chili Sauce is just the plain Heinz variety and report back! Pros: Great way to use a little ground beef to feed a lot of people Cons: Chili sauce ingredient makes the sauce too variable Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2015
Eating Well sloppy Joe I have tried many other versions for healthy sloppy joes and this is my favorite. The search is over. I added Penzeys Chicago seasoning and used a can of diced tomato with the juice rather then water for the tomato. Pros: Best recipe ever. Cons: NULL Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/12/2013
This was delicious and will definitely make it again! It tasted so much better than Manwhich and was extremely easy to make. I chopped onions & green peppers (omitted mushrooms) in a food processor and cooked with chop meat. I took the advice from another and used a can of Fire Roasted Petite Diced Tomatoes instead of chopping fresh tomatoes. I also used very little cider vinegar. Thanks to everyone for their reviews because it helped me create a great dish for the family! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/06/2013
Delicious! I have been instructed to never again buy store bought sloppy joe sauce. My family loved these. I served them with roasted potatoes. Perfect! Pros: Easy to make and my family loved them. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/24/2012
Easy yummy healthy! Love this! I cut the recipe in half since we didn't need a full batch. I only used a 1/8 of a cup of vinegar since I only made half and much and it wasn't to strong at all. Also used 2 tbs of tomato paste and 2 tbs sugar free honey instead of ketchup to lower the sodium. also added in chili powder and minced garlic. I think next time I'll add in some chopped green peppers. Pros: able to sub in diffrent items Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/06/2011
easy meal I LOVE these sloppy joes.almost as easy as the can. I use ground turkey and double the chili sauce and ketchup for our liking.... Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/10/2011
Good start This was a really good weeknight meal when time is short but the vinegar flavor was way too strong. Next time I will try it with 1/2 as much vinegar. It's also missing something but I'm not sure what yet. Pros: Fast easy Cons: Too strong vinegar flavor needed something Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I used this meal for my nutrition class and they gobbled it right up! plus i got an A! so thanks for improving my GPA i will definately be making this meal again thanks!! Adriana Rio Rico AZ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
DEFINATELY leave out the vinegar. it was way too overpowering. But add a little bbq sauce on the bun and it's great! Natalie Mission Viejo Ca Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I was really excited to make this recipe. I bought fresh mushrooms tomatoes and... that's what I got. Tomatoes and mushrooms. In ketchup. Even though I substituted tomato puree for ketchup. Do the people that love this recipe ever cook? Not to put anyone down because I tried this because I work 10-12 hour days and am looking for QUALITY recipes that are not junk. This was not it Dave Pensacola FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
it was not ok my kids hated it so i put ok destiny brooklyn ny Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
We like this recipe so much that it's become a standard. It's fast and it makes great leftovers. We only use about two tbsp of vinegar. I snuck in carrots once. They were already cooked so I smushed them up and added them in and no one was any wiser. My pals at work have asked for this recipe because it smells amazing when it's heating up in the office microwave. Karli Minneapolis MN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Excellent! I didn't even ever care for the traditional canned sloppy joes but this recipe looked good so I thought I'd give it a try - my family loved it and it is now a regular in our house! Mary Seattle WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These were very easy to make and quite tasty. I didn't use the mushrooms as I am not a fan and it still turned out great. They reheat well too. Ashley Charlotte NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I tried this recipe yasterday and it was really nice i hade my cousin staying over and we both liked it very much plus my brother who is a big time veggi hater didnt even mind the presence of the tomatow pieces there and enjoyed the meal so its now officialy one of my favourites. Sherihan Alexandria Eg Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Made these for dinner and WOW!!!!!!! Awesome - even hubby who was a lifelong hater of sloppy joes loved them!! LoriLynnNJ Manahawkin NJ Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
My son did this for his exam piece. It went well not sure of his mark yet. It tasted great and we also left out the vinegar. Mrs Blandford Dymock GL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
It was good I followed the above suggestions. It was kind of runny but its "sloppy" joe. Laughlaugh Rockville MD Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was excellent! One of the best sloppy joes I've ever had. I did take into consideration other's comments and only added a splash of the vinegar. Even my very picky kids liked it. I will definitely make this again! Michele OH Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
These were really very good - they got rave reviews at my house which isn't very common with my "makeover" type recipies. Sonya Ocala FL Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
It was a little too vinegar tasting for us so next time I won't add as much. Otherwise it was very good and even my mushroom hating husband brought the leftovers for his lunch! Alisa Monroe WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was great! My kids gobbled it up and my son asked for seconds. I felt really good feeding this to them since it was loaded with veggies. They liked them the second day even better. The only thing we didn't like was the apple cider vinegar. We all agreed that should be left out. That would also make is less sloppy (we like our joes to be fairly thick!) Great recipe! Teri Kent WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I love this recipe. It tastes so fresh! Scotia NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Yummy nostalgia food and easy to make. Slightly sweet and tangy with a touch of heat from the chili sauce (we used Maggi SOS Cili Chili Sauce). Since we made it in winter we used (Muir Glen) canned plum tomatoes instead of fresh. The following day we had the leftovers on pasta instead of buns. Try it! Anonymous Bellingham Wa Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
A great family meal. Joyce A great family meal. Joyce MI Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Really delicious! I used canned diced tomatoes instead of plum tomatoes (about 2 heaping TBSP per plum tomato) and left out the mushrooms. I bet you could sneak a lot of other stuff into this recipe. I think spinach would be good! Great leftovers too. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I used what another review suggested and used canned diced tomatoes although I used the whole can for a doubled recipe. No mushrooms since I'm allergic. I also added a bit of brown sugar to sweeten it. Try not to use too much Vinegar use maybe half of whats suggested. My dad who is a MEAT MEAT MEAT person liked the flavor of it. My brother well he will eat anything but he seemed to like it. Over all good meal. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVE this recipie! To make it EVEN healthier I substitute ground turkey for the ground beef. You'd never know the difference. Perfect for when my summer garden is overflowing with tomatos! And I get to make great use of my vidalia chop wizzard! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I should have read more of the reviews before I made this. I would definitely omit or lower the amount of vinegar. I was drinking white wine so maybe that added to the fact that all I tasted was vinegar? But I would make this again and leave out vinegar. Also I used a can of diced tomatoes and thickened it with cornstarch and water. My hubby and two year old are eating it up. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was AMAZING!!!! I used more tomatoes than it called for and used 96% lean beef. I served it with whole wheat buns however I ate mine over a baked potato. I cannot wait to make this again!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
To make this recipie even more healthy I use ground turkey instead of ground beef. I think it is extremely tasty and good for you too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
The flavors in this recipe hit the spot. I did use ground turkey meet with a dash of Worcestershire sauce and a little salt and pepper to begin the dish. I also added a small or 15 oz can of crushed organic fire roasted tomatoes instead of the chopped plum tomatoes. This will indeed be a "go to" big treat for us. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very good and also better for you Sloppy Joes. My husband doesn't normally like sloppy joes because they normally are greasy. He gives the thumbs-up for this sloppy joes. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is so good! Instead of the ketchup/chili sauce I used tomato puree added 2 cloves of crushed garlic a liberal sprinkling of chili powder a dash of cayenne and just a bit of honey. Looking forward to the leftovers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A Definite Keeper! Fabulous Sloppy Joes!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very delicious quick meal This was a very delicious quick meal. I'll make this again. My 7 yr old ate 3 sloppy joes!!! It's safe to say she really likes it!! Read More