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Easy Sloppy Joes

Easy Sloppy Joes
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The recipe and photography for this post was provided by Carolyn Hodges of The Dinner Shift.

Easy Sloppy Joes

Easy Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb lean Ground Sirloin
  • 3/4 cup Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Green Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 cup Tomato Sauce, no sugar added
  • 1/4 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1-2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Whole Grain Hamburger Buns


  1. In a large skillet, brown meat over medium heat, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon.
  2. Add onion, bell peppers and garlic. Saute for 5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Season mixture to taste with salt and pepper.
  3. In a bowl, combine tomato sauce through cinnamon and mix well. Stir into beef mixture and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, or until sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve on buns.

Meal Prep Tips:

  • This meal comes together in 20 minutes when you prep the ingredients in advance. Chop the onions, peppers, garlic and prepare the sauce up to 3 days ahead of when you plan to cook.
  • To serve, keep things simple by pairing this with steamed broccoli, green beans or a salad. Roasted sweet potato fries would partner well, too!

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Carolyn Hodges

By Carolyn Hodges

Carolyn is a mom of boys and culinary dietitian in Cleveland, Ohio. The Dinner Shift is dedicated to helping busy moms get dinner on the table after the weekday grind, however that is defined for you and yours.

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