My family ♥LOVES♥ sloppy joes. They are one of those fun foods that take you right back to being a child again. I mean seriously… who even cares if you get some on your shirt, right?!?!? The thing is, have you ever read the nutrition label on a can of Joe sauce? It broke my heart to find that it is loaded with sugar and sodium. Not to be denied our Joes, I set out to make our own version and make it nice and healthy!
I’m a big Rachael Ray fan and started with her Sloppy Joe recipe and tweeked it a bit. I added more veggies and used 93% lean beef to make it lower in fat and calories. Sometimes I use ground turkey as well. Here you go … give it a try and let me know what your family thinks. Its Easy Peasy and Delicious too! (Make a double batch – these freeze well)
Adapted from Rachael Ray
1-1/4 lbs. 93% lean ground beef sirloin
1/2 Tbsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning or Famous Daves Steak and Burger Seasoning
Freshly Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1 cup diced sweet onion
1 large carrot or 6 baby carrots, small dice
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 small red bell pepper, diced
4 oz. mushrooms, chopped fine
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 15 oz. can no salt added tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the beef to the skillet and break it apart up as it cooks. Season with steak seasoning and fresh ground pepper and cook until the meat is brown. Add the onion, carrots, red pepper, mushrooms and garlic to the skillet. As the veggies release their moisture, make sure to scrape up all the brown bits on the bottom of the pan – Yummy flavor right there! Cook for about 5 minutes then reduce the heat to medium and add red wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce and continue to cook 3 more minutes. Add tomato sauce and tomato paste to pan, stir to combine. Cover and reduce heat to simmer and cook an additional 5-7 minutes. I like to serve on slider buns with something crunchy like celery and carrots or chips. ENJOY!
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