EatingWell Sloppy Joes

October/November 2005, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)

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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.

"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! "
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37 Reviews for EatingWell Sloppy Joes

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.

fast, easy, super tasty, makes great leftovers
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!

Great way to use a little ground beef to feed a lot of people
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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.

Best recipe ever.

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!


I have been instructed to never again buy store bought sloppy joe sauce. My family loved these. I served them with roasted potatoes. Perfect!

Easy to make, and my family loved them.

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