Beef & Bean Sloppy Joes


This healthy copycat recipe of the comfort food classic trades beans for some of the meat to bump up fiber by 7 grams. We also cut back on the sugar and ketchup in this Sloppy Joe recipe makeover to save you 12 grams of added sugar.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 12 ounces 90%-lean ground beef

  • 1 cup no-salt-added black beans, rinsed

  • 1 cup chopped onion

  • 2 teaspoons New Mexico chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

  • ½ teaspoon onion powder

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 1 cup no-salt-added tomato sauce

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard

  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar

  • 4 whole-wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until lightly browned but not completely cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef to a medium bowl, reserving drippings in the pan.

  2. Add beans and onion to the pan; cook, stirring often, until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add chile powder, garlic powder, onion powder and cayenne; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato sauce, ketchup, Worcestershire, mustard and brown sugar. Return the beef to the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the beef is just cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes. Serve on buns.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

411 Calories
15g Fat
44g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Calories 411
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 12g
Added Sugars 7g 14%
Protein 26g 52%
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Vitamin A 758IU 15%
Vitamin C 8mg 9%
Folate 33mcg 8%
Sodium 538mg 23%
Calcium 112mg 9%
Iron 5mg 27%
Magnesium 101mg 24%
Potassium 842mg 18%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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