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Sloppy JoesSloppy Joes

Jami Nolen, Nutrition Program Associate

August 26, 2012


What kid doesn't like a Sloppy Joe? And what parent doesn't like an easy dinner that the kids will eat? This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is good for you! Bonus: Make a double batch and freeze half for later.



Makes 8 servings



  • 12 ounces 90% lean ground beef or lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped button mushrooms
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 8 whole-wheat hamburger buns, toasted if desired



  1. Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet; cook over medium heat until it starts to sizzle, about 1 minute.
  2. Add onion and mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the vegetables are soft and the moisture has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Add tomatoes and flour; stir to combine. Stir in water, vinegar, chili sauce and ketchup and bring to a simmer, stirring often.
  4. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thickened and the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Serve warm on buns.


Nutrition Information

Per serving:
233 calories
6 g fat (2 g sat, 2 g mono)
28 mg cholesterol
31 g carbohydrates
14 g protein
5 g fiber
436 mg sodium
504 mg potassium


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