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Sloppy Joes

Servings: eight.

These Sloppy Joes are everything you could wish for in this crowd-pleasing sandwich—a rich, meaty filling smothered in tangy-sweet, thick tomato sauce that just refuses to stay inside the bun. You definitely need a fork and a few napkins to eat this mouthwatering meal!

This recipe is excerpted from The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. Learn more here.


  • 1 lb. lean or extra-lean (90% lean or higher) ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 tsp.)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 cup)
  • One 15.5-oz. can small red or pinto beans, preferably low-sodium, drained and rinsed
  • 1-1/2 cups no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. unsulfured molasses
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 whole-wheat burger buns


  • Brown the meat and onion in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, breaking up the meat into crumbles as it cooks. Pour the drippings out of the pan and discard. Add the garlic, jalapeño, and red pepper and cook 5 minutes more, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rest of the ingredients, except the buns, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for another 5 minutes.
  • Place a 1/2-cup scoop of the mixture onto each bun and serve.


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Reviews (12 reviews)

  • jaws100 | 07/06/2019

    Wonderful recipe. Sloppy Joes can sometimes be too sweet, but Fine Cooking has found just the perfect balance. Would definitely recommend this one!!

  • CJHT119 | 02/18/2017

    This recipe is outstanding as written. And the leftovers are great. I use brioche buns which are great.

  • CJHT119 | 02/18/2017

    This recipe is outstanding as written. And the leftovers are great. I use brioche buns which are great.

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