Zesty Sloppy Joes

Zesty Sloppy Joes

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From: Diabetic Living Magazine

This version of the favorite ground beef sandwich is livened up with jalapeño peppers and chili powder.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1½ pounds lean ground beef (see Tip)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (6 ounce) can vegetable juice
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons heat-stable sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons canned jalapeño peppers, chopped (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Sweet pepper strips (optional)


  • Prep

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  1. 2In a large skillet cook ground beef, onion and garlic until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 3- ½- or 4-quart slow cooker combine vegetable juice, ketchup, water, sugar substitute, jalapeno peppers (if desired), mustard, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce. Stir in meat mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Spoon meat mixture onto bun halves. If desired, sprinkle with cheese and serve with sweet pepper strips.
  • Tip: You can substitute lean ground turkey (at least 93 percent lean, or 93/7) in place of ground beef.
  • Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 sandwich
  • Per serving: 294 calories; 11 g fat(4 g sat); 2 g fiber; 29 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; 80 mcg folate; 54 mg cholesterol; 10 g sugars; 570 IU vitamin A; 7 mg vitamin C; 60 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 500 mg sodium; 220 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Iron (22% daily value), Folate (20% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 2 lean protein, 2 starch, ½ fat

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