Ditch the canned Sloppy Joe mix for this healthier version. A quick and easy weeknight meal the whole family will love! Double the recipe for leftovers for the week.


  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound 94% lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup ketchup (no sugar added)
  • ¼ cup Low sugar BBQ sauce (I like Stubb’s Spicy BBQ sauce)
  • ½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Optional: ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add garlic, onion and bell peppers; sauté for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent. Transfer to a small bowl.
  3. Brown turkey or beef in skillet. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Once turkey is cooked, add the onion/bell pepper mixture back in. Mix in ketchup, BBQ sauce, Worcestershire, vinegar, and mustard. Add optional cayenne to spice it up.
  5. Stir mixture well and simmer on low 10 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with, cover melt cheese for 2 minutes
  7. Transfer meat buns and top with optional jalapeno slices.

Serve With:

4 sprouted/whole grain or gluten free buns (I like Dave’s Killer Bread)

1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

Optional: Jalapeno slices if you like it spicy

Pair with a roasted veggie side for a balanced meal.

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