Real Food Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes are one of those old school recipes that are easy to make and can also be easily altered to make them a little healthier.  I love the below recipe inspired by 100 Days of Real Food.

Some diced veggies add an extra crunch and the sodium can be controlled when you add your own salt. I used a mixture of ground turkey and ground beef, but any ground meat would work great!


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup oniondiced
  • 1 rib celerydiced
  • 1/2 bell pepper, diced
  • 1 carrotpeeled and diced
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 clove garlicminced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepperto taste
  • 1 can tomato sauceplain, 15 ounce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard


  1. Heat the oil in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and carrot and cook until they begin to soften but not brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  2. Add the ground meat and garlic, and cook while breaking up the meat with a spatula. Season with the salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the meat has browned all the way through. Drain the excess fat and discard.
  3. Add the tomato sauce, chili powder, vinegar, mustard to the pan and simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with whole-wheat buns and some yummy vegetables on the side. Enjoy!

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