This is another favorite recipe in our house. We love to eat yummy food, and this recipe has the added benefit of having only whole foods in it.
Most sloppy joe recipes include lots of highly processed foods, like ketchup, brown sugar, mix packets, and barbeque sauce. I’ve taken a few recipes and tweaked them so it only has whole ingredients that we usually have around the house.
If you eat these on homemade whole wheat buns, they will still be whole foods – I will share my recipe for this soon! Of course, if you eat it with store-bought tater tots, it is no longer a whole foods meal. Oh well. It’s still easy, cheap, and incredibly yummy.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 large green pepper, diced
- 3 large garlic cloves chopped
- 6 oz can of tomato paste
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 3 tsp chili powder
- 2 tsp mustard powder
- OPTIONAL: a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce (not necessarily a whole food)
- salt and pepper
Brown the ground beef in a large sauce pan over medium high heat. I like to use my dutch oven since it’s heavy duty and deep. Drain the fat.
Add the onion, pepper, and garlic and cook until the veggies are getting soft.
Add the rest of the ingredients, stir well, and simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. If needed, add more water a little at a time. You don’t want it to be too runny.