EatingWell Sloppy Joes

EatingWell Sloppy Joes

40 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, October/November 2005

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.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 12 ounces 90%-lean ground beef
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped cremini mushrooms, (about 4 ounces)
  • 5 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup chili sauce, such as Heinz
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 8 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted if desired


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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  • Make Ahead Tip: The filling will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 bun with ½ cup filling
  • Per serving: 233 calories; 6 g fat(2 g sat); 5 g fiber; 31 g carbohydrates; 14 g protein; 36 mcg folate; 28 mg cholesterol; 8 g sugars; 5 g added sugars; 432 IU vitamin A; 8 mg vitamin C; 66 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 448 mg sodium; 499 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, 1.5 lean meat

Reviews 40

August 06, 2017
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By: rlocati1
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.
May 06, 2017
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By: Ced1106
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!
October 02, 2016
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By: Nicole
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.
January 13, 2016
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By: Ashlee Yap
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!
November 30, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
March 29, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
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
April 12, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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!
February 06, 2013
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By: Sandy Hafenbrack
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.
May 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
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
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