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 instead too. I do use canned tomato instead of fresh.
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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