Not Your Average Sloppy Joes

Sometimes, I’m just in a sloppy joe kind of mood.  And this is my favorite sloppy joe recipe. Besides being tasty, I like that there are some vegetables in the mix.  It’s so much tastier–and better for you–than the stuff from a can.

It’s fun to add additional toppings too.  We like pickles and jalapenos (not necessarily together). And I highly recommend toasting the buns before adding the meat mixture.


Not Your Average Sloppy Joes
Serves 6
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
35 min
  1. 1 (15 oz.) can whole tomatoes in juice, drained
  2. 1 medium onion, chopped
  3. 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 1 medium carrot, chopped fine
  6. 1 celery rib, chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  9. 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  10. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  11. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  12. 1/2 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  13. 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  14. 1 1/2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  15. Hamburger Rolls
  1. Heat saucepan over medium heat; add the butter.
  2. In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, pulse the onion and the garlic until finely chopped (or chop by hand). Add to the melted butter and saute until very soft, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Rough chop both the carrot and celery and add to the work bowl of the food processor. Process until finely diced.
  4. Add carrots and celery to sauteed onions with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until veggies are soft.
  5. Add drained tomatoes to the food processor and puree; set aside.
  6. Once veggies are soft add the meat to the pan and brown, stirring to break up the lumps. Cook until the meat is no longer pink.
  7. Add the chili powder, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Add the pureed tomatoes, wine or broth, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce has thickened, about 6 minutes.
  9. Season, if needed, to taste and place meat mixture on buns.
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Who Dished It Up First: Adapted from The Urban Baker.



  1. I get in a sloppy joe mood now and then myself and these sound great! What I really like about the recipe is the low of amount of sugar used. Most recipes for sloppy joes are way to sweet for me so this is a must try! Thanks!

  2. we toast our buns too, lol

  3. I have never thought of toasting the buns first ! I will have to try that . how does the chili and cumin affect it ? i dont want it to be like taco meat lol ! thanks !!

  4. Brittany, I really didn’t think it tasted like taco meat at all, but if you are worried, you could just add a little to start, then add more if you want to.

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